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Publicity

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

At 1 December 1987 the number of staff in the information officer grades employed in the Scottish Information Office was 23. Decisions have yet to be taken on the precise disposition of staff in the Scottish Office for 1988–89.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

Estimated expenditure by my Department on television, radio, newspaper advertising and promotional material in the current year is £134,500, £58,000, £493,000 and £549,800 respectively.Detailed decisions on expenditure by media have not yet been taken, but I expect the overall publicity figure to be £1,353,600.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 estimated running costs of the Scottish Information Office for 1987–88 are £1·7 million. Decisions on the expenditure estimate for 1988–89 have still to be taken.