HC Deb 03 December 1993 vol 233 c840W
1979. Mr. Grocott

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many press and publicity officers are currently employed in his Department; and how many were employed in(a) 1985 and (b)

Miss Widdecombe

A total of 90.5 press and publicity staff are currently in post in the Employment Department's information branch. Available figures do not go back further than 1989 when the information branch was formed by the merger of the Employment Department's information division and the Training Agency's information services branch.

Figures for information branch staff in post since 1989 are as follows:

1989–90 118
1990–91 120
1991–92 119
1992–93 104.5