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Information Officers

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 28 February 1980

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asked the Prime Minister if she will publish in the Official Report the number, and the average cost, of information officers employed by her Department at the beginning of each of the last four years.

The number and total cost of information officer group staff in my office, the Civil Service Department and the Central Statistical Office on these dates were as follows:

NumberCost £
Prime Minister's Office
1 January 1976759,000
1 January 1977758,000
1 January 1978762,000
1 January 1979767,000
1 January 1980565,000
Civil Service Department
1 January 19761490,000
1 January 19771496,000
1 January 19781178,000
1 January 1979969,000
1 January 1980995,000
Central Statistical Office
1 January 1976217,000
1 January 1977218,000
1 January 1978325,000
1 January 1979327,000
1 January 1980337,000
In the Civil Service Department, the information officer group, in addition to press officers, includes information specialists engaged on publications, and recruitment advertising and publicity. Information staff in the Central Statistical Office are engaged on press liaison, paid publicity and publications.