§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of community relations officers; and what is the total sum provided from public funds to pay their salaries.
§ Mr. Raison
No central record is maintained of the total number of community relations officers or their staff, whose salaries may be funded by the Commission for Racial Equality, local authorities or other public bodies such as the Manpower Services Commission. I understand that on 30 April 1981 the Commission for Racial Equality was providing funds for 190 community relations officers and that the estimated cost in 1980–81 was £1.6 million. In addition, about 290 staff were funded by local authorities or other public bodies.