HC Deb 13 November 1980 vol 992 cc450-1W
Mr. Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of his Department, of whatever grade or specialisation, are engaged whole or part-time in public and press relations, expressing the total in whole-time equivalents; and what is their total annual cost to public funds.

Mr. Humphrey Atkins

The information is as follows:

Staff in post October 1980 53
Anticipated Cost 1980–81 £456,000

These figures show the number of information officers and support staff in the press offices of the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Departments with their total pay plus employers national insurance costs.