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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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

There were 52,122 staff in post in my Department on 1 May 1979. On 1 January this year there were 49,200, a reduction of approximately 5ยท6 per cent.