HC Deb 29 March 1995 vol 257 cc640-1W
Mr. Henderson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many press officers there are in his Department currently; and what the figure was in 1979. [16574]

Sir Paul Beresford

The Department of the Environment currently employs 31.5 information officers, including those employed by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution. All deal with the full range of information services; none are exclusively press officers.

The records for 1979 show that there were 40 professional information officers employed by the Department.