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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many civil servants were employed by his Department on 1 May 1979; and what was the equivalent figure for 31 December.

The number of civil servants employed in my Scottish Office departments at 1 May 1979 was 11,097 of whom 2,588 were employed in the prison service and 356 in the State hospital, Carstairs. At 1 January 1980 the corresponding figures were 10,837, 2,654 and 356.