§ 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