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Information Officers

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 28 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 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 of staff in the information officer group in my Ministry at the relevant dates, together with their cost, is as follows:—

£ per annum
1 January 1976961,000
1 January 19771072,000
1 January 19781292,000
1 January 19791198,000
The corresponding information for 1 January 1980 is 13 staff at a cost of £125,000.The apparent increase during 1979, which took place at the beginning of the year, was due to the filling of a vacancy and the regrading of an existing post.