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Public Sector Employees

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many persons were employed in public sector administration in Wales on 1 May 1979, or the nearest available date; and what is the latest figure for employment in this sector.

The number of non-industrial civil servants in post in Wales at 1 July 1979, the latest date for which information is available, was 31,750; and at June 1979, some 6,800 administrative and clerical staff were employed by the National Health Service.

Figures for the local government sector do not distinguish administrative employees. If, however, certain groups of non-administrative staff—notably, lecturers and teachers, police and fire personnel, library staff, and non-administrative staff in social services departments—are excluded from the total, non-manual employment in this sector is estimated to have totalled some 33,000 in June this year.

Comparable figures for other parts of the public sector are not readily available.