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Departmental Manpower

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about further progress in manpower reductions in his Department.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 12 February to the hon. Member for Dunfermline (Mr. Douglas).—[Vol. 978, c. 1248–50]. Reductions in United Kingdom-based staff in this financial year have amounted to 6,700, and reductions of over 1,000 have been made in locally-engaged civilians overseas.