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Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what reduction in Civil Service employment has taken place since 3 May 1979; and at what financial saving.

At 1 October 1979, the latest date for which detailed financial information is available, there were 712,000 staff in post in Government Departments, with a pay cost of £302 million for that month.At 1 April 1979 the corresponding figure was 732,000 and the pay cost for that month was £288 million. Figures for 3 May 1979 are not held centrally.The Main Estimates presented by the previous Administration provided for 744,000 staff in posts at 1 October 1979. Against that level of staffing there is a saving of about £14 million in what would have been the remuneration costs that month.