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Press And Public Relations

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Attorney-General what is the latest figure for the number of staff presently employed in the press and public relations offices of the Law Officers' Departments; and what is the number planned to be employed at this point in 1988.

At present there are five staff employed in the press and public relations office of the Lord Chancellor's Department. It is planned that there will be six staff employed at this point in 1988.My own Department, the Law Officers' Department, has no such office or staff.

To ask the Attorney-General what is the latest figure for the estimated expenditure by the Law Officers' Departments on press and pulic relations for (a) 1987–88 and (b) 1988–89.

The estimated expenditure by the Lord Chancellor's Department on press and public relations for 1987–88 is £29,700.Detailed decisions on expenditure for 1988–89 have not yet been taken but £31,000 is anticipated.My own Department, the Law Officers' Department, makes no expenditure on press or public relations.