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Information Officers

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 28 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report the number, and the average cost, of information officers employed by his Department at the beginning of each of the last four years.

The numbers of information officer Group staff employed in my Department at the beginning of each of the last five calendar years, together with their approximate cost based on annual average salaries and employer's national insurance contributions for the years in question were as follows:

NumberCost
£,000s
1 January 1976179960
1 January 1977171993
1 January 1978155985
1 January 19791461,010
1 January 19801451,305
The information officer group in the Ministry of Defence, in addition to press and public relations officers, includes information specialists in exhibitions, publications, paid publicity and film production.