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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service 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 staff in post in the four Departments for which I am responsible—the Civil Service Department, the Central Office of Information, Her Majesty's Stationery Office and the Government Actuary's Department—was 13,138 on 1 May 1979. This compares with 12,716 staff in post on 1 January 1980.The figures given in answer to similar questions by the hon. Member to other Departments have been prepared on the same basis as these.