asked the Minister of Transport 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 number and cost of information officers employed in my Department including the Transport and Road Research Laboratory and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre in these years are as follows:
|January 1976||The Department was then part of the Department of Environment.|
|January 1977||17 £110,000|
|January 1978||17 £118,000|
|January 1979||17 £127,000|
|January 1980||17 £164,000|
The information officer group, in addition to press officers, includes information specialists in advertising and editorial work. Common services for films, publications and exhibitions continue to be provided for my Department by the Department of the Environment.