asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.
The number and cost of staff in the Treasury carrying out press office duties on these dates was as follows:—
|Number||Annual cost at date quoted|
|1 June 1970||6||27,000|
|1 October 1974||6||36,000|
|1 May 1979||7||73,000|
|1 February 1980||7||90,000|