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Departmental Staff (Dispersal)

Volume 928: debated on Monday 14 March 1977

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is (a) the present staff complement involved with each of the sections of her Department which are due to be transferred to Glasgow in accordance with the recommendations of the Hardman Report and (b) if the staff complement of these sections was on the same basis on which the Hardman recommendations were made.

The announcement on 20th July 1974 of the Government's decisions on the recommendations in the Hardman Report stated that 1,000 posts would be dispersed from my Department. This dif- ference from the report's figure of 1,177 posts arose mainly from the expected rundown of work in some of the sections identified for dispersal in the report. Subsequent changes in the organisation of my Department also make direct comparison with the report difficult, but the present staff complements of the Headquarters sections due to be moved to East Kilbride are:

Overseas Manpower Division:
Personnel Services Executive81
Recruitment Executive65
Overseas Services Resettlement Bureau10
Other posts16
Pensions Department106
Accounts Department103
Statistics support staff22
In addition necessary supporting posts from establishment and organisation departments will also be moved. These are at present expected to number about 230. Further consideration is being given to the question of dispersing the 350 stall of the Directorate of Overseas Surveys to the Glasgow area and I hope that a firm decision on this will not be delayed much longer.