HC Deb 12 February 1980 vol 978 c575W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Energy 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. David Howell

As my Department was not created until January 1974, no figures are available for June 1970. For the other dates the number and cost of information officer group staff in my Department's press office were as follows:

Number Cost £
October 1974 11 77,000
May 1979 11 105,000
February 1980 10 107,000