PUBLIC SECTOR: Wales Office appoints press secretary

Secretary of State for Wales Paul Murphy has named Alan Cummins as

his new press secretary. Cummins, who takes up the post within the next

three months, was previously the chief press officer for the Welsh

National Assembly. Since last year, his role at the assembly has

included being official spokesman for first minister Rhodri Morgan.

Cummins has been with the Welsh Office since 1974. He replaces Pat

Wilson, Wales Office press secretary since 1999, who is to retire.

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