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Press And Public Relations Officers

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal how many press and public relations officers are currently employed in his Department; what is the total cost per annum; and what were the comparable figures for May 1979 and May 1980.

There are now 12 officers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's news department. The total cost is £175,000. The comparable figures for May 1979 were 12 and £126,000, and for May 1980, 12 and £167,000. The relevant figures for the Overseas Development Administration are four and £63,000 now, four and £44,000 in May 1979, and three and £44,000 in May 1980.