§ Mr. Shepherd
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what were the totals of public relations officers employed 51W by Government Departments and Government corporations, in the years 1938 and 1946, respectively; and what was the annual cost in both years.
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall,
pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 4th February, 1948; Vol. 446, c. 298], gave the following information:
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERS EMPLOYED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN 1938 AND 1946. 1938. 1946. Number. Cost. Number. Cost. £ £ 16 16,280 30 42,733
(i) These figures relate to heads of Information Divisions in Government Departments (styled in some Departments "Public Relations" or "Publicity").
(ii) The 1946 figures do not include Central Office of Information staff. The Central Office is not concerned with public relations work in the same way as other Departments and is primarily a common service Department providing expert technical facilities.
(iii) Public relations officers of nationalised undertakings are not included; the provision of information about these officers is the responsibility of the organisations concerned.