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Dr. Mawhinney: The 1985 White Paper stated that, on demand forecasts at the time, it was not possible to justify such a runway in the foreseeable future. On current demand forecasts, I do not see a second runway as a realistic prospect and that is why my response to the runway capacity in the south-east group made no reference to it.

Press Officers

Mr. Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many press officers there are in his Department currently; and what the figure was in 1979.      [16548]

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Mr. Norris: The number of press officers in the Department is currently 11. This compares with 10 in 1984. Before that date the information division was a common service of the Department of Transport,

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Department of Environment and Property Services Agency. Figures prior to 1984 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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