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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal, excluding embassies and consulates, what is the current number of employees in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office compared with May 1979, 1974 and 1964.

Figures for the total authorised provision for staff serving at home are:

1964–653,488(including staff in the Colonial Office and Common-wealth Relations Office)
The actual number of staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 1 January 1980 was 2,903.In addition, comparable figures for staff in the Passport Office and Communications Division are:
Passport OfficeCommunications Division at home and overseas
Actual numbers at 1 January 1980 were 906 for the Passport Office and 1,090 for Communications Division.