Press Officers

Home Department written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers were employed in his Department in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and what estimate he has made of the cost in each year.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

holding answer 19 January 2004

Press office numbers and costs are as outlined as follows:

£ million
Number of press officers Cost
2002–03 (1 April 2002) 39 (19)1.7
2003–04 (1 April 2003) 39 (20)1.9

(19) Actual.

(20) Estimate to end of March 2004.

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