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Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report details showing the estimated number of jobs being provided in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scotland arising out of the current defence programme.

The information as at 1 October 1979 is as follows:nine petroleum specialists have been recruited and there are another 11 who have been declared successful at interview and whose candidature is being progressed.It is likely that all the administrative support posts and some of the engineering posts will be filled by redeployment of existing staff. Until these possibilities have been exhausted no additional staff in these categories will be recruited.