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Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what was the size of the Civil Service on 1 April 1979 and 1 April 1980, respectively.


asked the Minister for the Civil Service what progress has been made so far in reducing the size of the Civil Service.

At 1 April 1979, there were 732,300 staff in post in Government Departments. The corresponding figure for 1 April 1980 is 705,100.


asked the Minister for the Civil Service by how much he expects to reduce Civil Service manpower over the next four years.

I refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made in the House on 6 December 1979.—[Vol. 974, c. 627–40]. It is difficult to make forecasts in this field, but the general trend is clearly downwards.


asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many Government Departments have achieved staff reductions since 4 May 1979.

Since 1 April 1979 there has been a reduction of over 27,000 in the total number of staff in post in Government Departments. Reductions have occurred in all major Departments with the exception of the Home Office, where the increase reflects the priority the Government attach to prisons and to other law and order services.

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what are the total numbers of civil servants employed by each Government Department at the latest convenient date; and what percentage increase or decrease these represent from May 1979.

DepartmentStaff in post (full-in time equivalents) 1April 1980Percentage increase/decrease from 1April 1979(+ or -)
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food13,800-1·4%
Customs and Excise27,200-1·5%
Inland Revenue78,300-7·5%
Department for National Savings10,400-3·7%
Ministry of Defence218,000-3·0%
Royal Ordnance Factories21,800-5·3%
Department of Employment Group50,000-5·4%
Department of the Environment (including PSA)48,300-8·0%
Department of Transport13,600-2·0%
Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Overseas Development Administration11,600-4·2%
Home Office34,100+1·8%
Lord Chancellor's Department10,000-2·0%
Scottish Office11,000-1·5%
Department of Health and Social Security96,200-2·2%
Other departments60,100-2·1%
Total (rounded to nearest 100)705,100-3·7%