HC Deb 16 April 2002 vol 383 cc858-9W
Mr. Burns

To ask the Solicitor-General how many press officers there were in her Department on(a) 1 May 1997 and (b) the latest available date. [46887]

The Solicitor-General

[holding answer 10 April 2002]: My own Department, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, and the Treasury Solicitor's Department, share a single press officer who also acts as Private Secretary to the Attorney General. In relation to those two Departments the answer is (a) one; and (b) one.

On 1 May 1997 there were 5.5 press officers in the Crown Prosecution Service press office. A Head of Communications post was created later that year. In April 2002 there were four press officers and a Head of Communications.

On 1 May 1997 the Serious Fraud Office had two press officers. It now has three.

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