To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in his Department's Press Office; and how many were employed on 2 May 1997. 
For the number of press officers employed by the Cabinet Office for years prior to 2002–03 may I refer the hon. Gentleman to my response of 31 January 2003, Official Report, column 1057W.The current number of press officers, including the Head of News, employed by the Cabinet Office is 10.5.
There is one full-time business support officer for the press office. The number of business support staff employed prior to 2002–03 can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.