asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by how much staffing levels in his Department's headquarters have declined since 1979.
The number of staff employed in the headquarters unit of the Department was reduced by 19 per cent. between 1979 and 1984 from 6,675 on 1 April 1979 to 5,384 on 1 April 1984. This compares with an overall reduction of 14 per cent. in Civil Service manpower during the same period.