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Water Authorities (Manpower)

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people were employed by the water authorities in 1970–71, 1974–75 and 1979–80; and what number he anticipates being employed by the water authorities in 1980–81.

The water authorities did not exist until 1 April 1974. No reliable information is available about the number of employees who performed the water authorities' function before that date. On 1 April 1975, there were 58,406 full-time equivalent employees in the water authorities. On 1 April 1979, there were 62,969. I have no information about future trends in numbers employed by water authorities.