asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when his Department will publish details of the survey of staff levels in local authorities; and if he will publish them in such a form that it is possible to compare for each local authority in England and Wales the costs of salaries, and numbers of staff, in each grade and department per head of local population served.
I have already indicated, in reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell) on 7th May 1975—[Vol. 891, c. 445]—that figures will be published as soon as possible. The Department's Circular No. 30/75, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member, makes it clear, however, that the watch on staff numbers will focus at national level upon changes in the total work force and in the main components of that total.