HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 cc2305-6
68. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many persons are employed at the latest available date in public relations work of Ministries; and if he will give the amount of their salaries in convenient categories; and what is the total annual cost.

Mr. Jay

As the answer is rather detailed, I will with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir W. Smithers

Is not this public relations service of the Government purely a part of their propaganda machinery and a pure waste of money?

Mr. Jay

If the hon. Gentleman thinks that any modern organisation can carry on without a public relations staff, he is very out of date.

Mr. Snow

Would my hon. Friend add to that list the names of the trade associations which maintain public relations officers and will not these trade associations be very angry with their friends the Tories, who have been just a bit too clever?

Following is the answer:

The latest figures at present available are those of the provision in Estimates for 1950–51. These figures, which exclude the Central Office of Information, were as follows:

Staff Numbers
Home Departments 834
Overseas Departments 2,368
Total 3,202

Salaries and Expenses
Home Departments 518,150
Overseas Departments 1,556,850
Total 2,075,000

The details of the cost of these staffs are to be found in Cmd. 7949. Similar details relating to 1951–52 are due to be presented shortly in a White Paper.