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Publicity

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Prime Minister what is the latest figure for the number of staff presently employed in the press and public relations office of the Cabinet Office; and what is the number planned to be employed at this point in 1988.

Eighteen staff are presently employed by the Cabinet Office, including the Central Statistical Office and the office of the Minister for the Civil Service, and 10 Downing street on press and public relations activities. We expect to employ the same number of staff on these activities at this point in 1988.

To ask the Prime Minister what is the latest figure for the estimated spending in 1987–88 by the Cabinet Office 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 Cabinet Office does not expect to incur any expenditure on promotional advertising on television, radio or in newspapers in either 1987–88 or 1988–89. The latest estimate of expenditure on other promotional material in 1987–88 by the Cabinet Office, including the Central Statistical Office and the Office of the Minister for the Civil Service, as well as on such services provided to the Office of Arts and Libraries, is £40,000. An estimated £36,000 is expected to be spent on promotional material in 1988–89.

To ask the Prime Minister what is the latest figure for the estimated expenditure by the Cabinet Office on press and public relations for (a) 1987–88 and (b) 1988–89.

The information is not available in the precise form requested. The latest estimate of expenditure on press and public relations in 1987–88 by the Cabinet Office, including 10 Downing Street, the Central Statistical Office and the Office of the Minister for the Civil Service, as well as on such services provided to the Office of Arts and Libraries, is £515,000. An estimated £521,000 is expected to be spent on these activities in 1988–89.