§ Mr. Leslie
Detailed information on the numbers of permanent press officers employed in departmental press offices during the financial years 1997–98 were provided in a memorandum dated 16 June 1998 to the Select Committee on Public Administration and published in its report on The Government Information and Communication Service (HC 770) in July 1998. A copy is in the Library of the House.
The number of full-time equivalent press officers employed in the relevant departmental press office on 1 January for subsequent years were:
Full-time equivalents Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (Central) 1999 34.3 2000 40.8 2001 38.0 Cabinet Office 2002 18.0
Secondees to the press office during the full calendar years for which information is available were:
Number of secondees 1999 Nil 2000 1 2001 1