asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants were employed by his Department on 1st January 1975 and on the same date in each of the three preceding years.
The Northern Ireland Office was set up on 1st April 1972. The numbers of United Kingdom civil servants employed on 1st January each year since that date are shown below:
|1st January 1973||108|
|1st January 1974||175|
|1st January 1975||224|