asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many administrative staff are employed now as compared with the period immediately before reorganisation of the National Health Service; and what was the cost in the financial year 1974–75 as compared with the financial year immediately prior to reorganisation.
Returns of NHS staff are normally collected to show the position as at 30th September each year. The latest figures at present available relate to September 1973; at that time there were 11,339 staff in administrative grades in the former regional hospital boards, executive councils and other NHS bodies. I regret that information on the numbers of staff administering the former local authority health services is not available.Costs are not collected centrally in regard to administrative staff alone; they relate to administrative and clerical, with other similar staff groups, as a whole. The relevant figures for the financial year 1974–75 are not yet available since only 85 per cent. of the relevant returns have so far been received.