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Local Government (Staff)

Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what has been the total reduction in staff for every single metropolitan, county and borough council in the United Kingdom since 3 May 1979; and how much ratepayers' money has been saved by each metropolitan county and borough council as a result of this action;(2) which metropolitan, county and borough councils have increased their staffing levels; and at what cost since 3 May 1979.

I regret that this information is not available centrally. However, we arranged for manpower figures for individual local authorities in England and Wales to be published for the first time on 24 March in the quarterly joint manpower watch return for December 1979.The March return should be published in June and in successive quarters so that the broad outline of the information requested by my hon. Friend will become available.