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Scientific Posts

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if she will list the number of scientific posts in each Department of the Civil Service as at May 1979 and at the latest convenient date; what are the proposed numbers in each case for 1982 and 1983; and if she will break down the figures to show in which posts the cuts have and will be made.

Figures are not held centrally for May 1979. The following table shows the scientific staff in post in each Department at 1 April 1979 and 1 April 1981, the latest convenient date for which this information is available.

Staff in post*

(Full-time equivalent)


1 April 1979

1 April 1981

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food1,8031,960
Civil Serivce Department4639
Defence (including ROFs)10,6129,927
Health and Safety Commission/Executive355334
Health and Social Security9569
Home Office543615
Overseas Development377289
Trade and Industry1,8171,722
Scottish Office329320
Other departments7273


* Includes members of open structure levels with scientific background, science group and related scientific grades.

Part-time staff are counted as half units.

No details are held centrally on the proposed numbers of posts for 1982 and 1983 nor on the posts in which cuts have or will be made. It is for individual Ministers to decide how and where to make the savings necessary to meet their own Departments' overall targets.