HC Deb 11 March 1977 vol 927 cc678-9W
Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Press officers plus secretarial support staff for them his Department employs; and how many cars it uses for senior staff.

Dr. Gilbert

In Ministry of Defence Headquarters there are 21 members of the Information Group dealing with the media and 42 others involved in specialist functions such as writing, film making and exhibitions. They are supported by 28 clerical staff. Outside Headquarters, 74 members of the Information Group work for the three services in commands and districts at home and abroad. In addition, 30 others, who are not members of the Defence public relations staff, are engaged in specialist work for the Services such as the making of training films.

The Ministry of Defence London Car Service has a total of 59 cars to meet the transport requirements of Defence Ministers and the most senior military and civilian staff. The service also provides for those official journeys by more junior staff which cannot reasonably be made by public transport.