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Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many television advertisements were shown during the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available for recruitment and information for the Armed Forces; and what was the total cost.

For the 12 months ended 31 March 1980 20 Armed Forces television advertisements were shown a total of 2,068 times on commercial television stations. The air time costs amounted to £1,995,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the numbers of personnel engaged on recruitment and information duties in his Department and in the Armed Forces; and what is the cost of providing these services.

Some 3,000 Service and civilian personnel are engaged in recruiting and associated activities. The total includes for example headquarters staff, schools liaison teams and careers information office staff. The cost of these staff in 1979–80 was £23 million.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruiting offices and information offices there are in Great Britain for each of the Armed Forces; and which towns and cities have more than one office.

There are currently 241 careers information offices in the United Kingdom of which 10 are tri-Service, 47 bi-Service (seven RN/Army; 18 RN/RAF; 22 Army/RAF) and 184 single-Service (27 RN; 136 Army and 21 RAF). The following towns and cities presently have more than one office:

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Blackheath
  • Brighton
  • Cambridge
  • Canterbury
  • Cardiff
  • Carlisle
  • Chatham
  • Chelmsford
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Guildford
  • Hamilton
  • Hull
  • Ipswich
  • Leeds
  • Lincoln
  • Liverpool
  • London (Central)
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Northampton
  • Norwich
  • Oldham
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Portsmouth
  • Preston
  • Reading
  • St. Helens
  • Sheffield
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southend
  • NumberCost(£)
    Executive director, middle band118,078
    Assistant secretary117,981
    Chief information officer (B)463,812
    Principal information officer785,192
    Senior information officer42408,758
    Information officer66530,541
    Assistant information officer15,532