To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in his Department's press office; and how many were employed on 2 May 1997. 
The Department employs 30 people in its Media centre. 23 of those employed are press officers, and seven are support staff.Detailed information on the number of press officers employed by the Department during the financial year 1997–98 was provided in Appendix II of the report "The Government Information and Communications Service" (HC 770) published by the Select Committee on Public Administration on 29 July 1998. Copies are available in the Library. However, no specific figures are kept for the number of support staff within the media centre.