§ Mr. Lammy
[holding answer 22 July 2002]: Detailed information on the number of press officers employed by the Department during the financial year 1997–98 and 1998–99 was provided in Appendix II of the report "The Government Information and Communications Service" (HC 770) published by the Select Committee on Public Administration in 29 July 1998. Copies are available in the Library.
The table shows press office staff, for January 2000, 2001, 2002 Jan 2000 Jan 2001 Jan 2002 No. Staff in Media Centre— Press Officers 16 19 22
Two secondees have been placed in the Department's press office over the last five years.