§ Mr. Henderson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many press officers there are in his Department currently; and what the figure was in 1979. 
§ Mr. Hague
The number of press officers currently employed by this Department is as follows:
Number The Department's headquarters in London 10 Seconded HQ press officer to the charity Motability (includes publicity and promotions work) 1 The Child Support Agency 2 The Contributions Agency 1 The War Pensions Agency 0.25 The Benefits Agency National press office 8 Regional press offices 9 Information Technology Services Agency 0.6
This Department was not in existence until 1988 and figures for 1979 are therefore not available.