§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what was the total expenditure by his Department on press and public relations in 1979–80 and in each following year; and what is his estimate for 1990–91 and budget for 1991–92.
§ Mr. Wakeham
The estimated expenditure in 1990–91 is £657,000. This figure includes:
- (i) forecast expenditure by the press office;
- (ii) staff costs (salaries, accommodation and common services) for all permanent information service and support staff in the press office, including the speech writing unit, at 31 March 1991.
The corresponding expenditure for previous years is as follows:
£ 1989–90 615,000 1988–89 475,000 1987–88 460,000 1986–87 293,000
Expenditure for the years prior to 1986–87 is not available on a comparable basis.
Currently proposed expenditure for 1991–92 is £677,000.