§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many press and public relations officers are currently employed in his Department; what is the total cost; and what are the comparable figures for June 1970; October 1974 and May 1979.
§ Mr. Heseltine
The number and cost of information officer group staff in the press office of my Department, including the Property Services Agency, on these dates is as follows:
Number Cost 1 June 1970 Figures for Press Office staff are not separately identified within the totals for the information officer group. 1 October 1974 1 May 1979 22 £365,000 1 February 1980 20 £404,000