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Publicity

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the latest figure for the number of staff presently employed in the press and public relations office of his Department; and what is the number planned to be employed at this point in 1988.

The number of staff employed in the information branch of the Department of Education and Science at 15 December 1987 was 38. Detailed plans for the next financial year remain to be determined.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the latest figure for the estimated spending in 1987–88 by his Department on (a) television advertising. (b) radio advertising, (c) newspaper advertising and (d) other promotional material; and what are the estimated expenditures in each area for 1988–89.

The latest figures for estimated spending on advertising and other promotional literature for the current financial year 1987–88 are as follows:

£
TelevisionNil
RadioNil
Newspapers280,000
Other promotional material (publications, videos, exhibitions etc.)1,459,000
Plans for expenditure in 1988–89 have yet to be finalised.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the latest figure for the estimated expenditure by his Department on press and public relations for (a) 1987–88 and (b) 1988–89.

The latest estimated expenditure for the current financial year on press and public relations, including staff costs is £2,300,000. Plans for expenditure in 1988–89 have yet to be finalised.