§ Mr. Hordern
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the number of information officers serving in his Department on 1 January 1981 and 1 January 1982; and what is the cost of their wages and salaries for each of those years.
§ Mr. Pattie
The number of information officer group staff employed in the Department was 144 on 1 January 1981 and 145 on 1 January 1982. The approximate cost of their wages and salaries, including employer's national insurance contributions was £1, 540, 000 and £1, 685, 000 respectively.