asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants were employed in his Department on 1st January 1975 and on the same date in each of the three preceding years.
The numbers of United Kingdom-based civil servants employed by the Ministry of Defence on the dates specified were as follows:
|1st January 1975||266,470|
|1st January 1974||267,890|
|1st January 1973||270,225|
|1st January 1972||279,279|