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Central Policy Review Staff

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 7 December 1982

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asked the Prime Minister whether the unit supporting the Chief Scientist, Central Policy Review Staff, referred to in the Government observations on the first report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology in Session 1981–82 (Cmnd. 8591) has yet been established; how many posts it contains; and what is the total annual cost to public funds.

Staff to establish the unit have been selected and will take up post early in 1983. The unit will have a staff of six, including two existing posts transferred from within the Cabinet Secretariat. The estimated cost of the four new posts and two new supporting secretarial posts is about £160,000 a year.