§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many staff were employed by his Department's press office in each year since 1979.
§ Mr. Eggar
Separate figures for the years before 1987 are not readily available. The number of staff in post in the Department's press office on 1 April since then has been as follows:
Number 1987 51 1988 51 1989 37 1990 37 1991 38 1992 135
1 The total subsequently increased to 42 following the transfer of staff and functions from the former Department of Energy. It includes 15 clerical and other support posts.