§ Miss Kirkbride
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment which firm of headhunters are presently helping with recruitment for the vacant post of Director of Information in his Department. 
§ Dr. Howells
[holding answer 16 February 1998]Korn Ferry International handled the initial recruitment of the Director of Communications post. The recruitment exercise ended in December 1997 when no appointment was made. Following the reorganisation of responsibilities within the Department the post of Director of Strategy and Communications has been advertised across Whitehall. The Department is handling the recruitment for this post. AT Kearney Limited are currently handling the recruitment of the newly created Head of News post.