§ Mr. Livingstone
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a table showing the annual expenditure by his Department on the Army information services from 1972 to the current date.
§ Mr. Neubert
The Army information services is the name by which the public relations unit in Northern Ireland is known. The major expenditure is that of salaries and associated costs. Approximate figures for the years 1983 to 1988 are as follows:
Year £ 1983–84 216,000 1984–85 230,000 1985–86 240,000 1986–87 122,000 1987–88 130,000 1988–89 140,000
The reduction in costs in 1986 onwards is as a result of a cut in staff numbers following a review of public relations numbers. Details for earlier years or more detailed costings cannot be provided without disproportionate cost.