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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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

Respective numbers were 3,737 and 2,581. The 1 May 1979 figure however includes 1,099 mem- bers of my Department who were transferred to the Office of Arts and Libraries on 1 September.