To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people are employed in the Department's press office; and how many were employed on 2 May 1997. 
I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 24 February 2003, Official Report, column 20W. My Department employed three full time press officers in 1997; and now employs 10.