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Press And Public Relations Officers

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many press and public relations officers are currently employed in his Department; what is the total cost; and what are the comparable figures for June 1970, October 1974 and May 1979.

As my Department was not created until January 1974, no figures are available for June 1970. For the other dates the number and cost of information officer group staff in my Department's press office were as follows:

NumberCost £
October 19741177,000
May 197911105,000
February 198010107,000