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Civil Defence

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many civil servants are currently employed (a) full time and (b) part time by his Department on civil defence; what the total costs of employing staff on civil defence duties were in 1989–90; what the total costs of employing staff on civil defence duties are expected to be in 1990–91; and whether he has any plans for these staff to be transferred to work on other duties.

The information requested is as follows:

Number of full-time staff employed on 16 November 1990Number of part-time staff employed on 16 November 1990Total cost 1989–90 £Estimated total cost 1990–91 £
Nil34261K230K
My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary announced on 16 October that he had initiated a review of the options for the future of civil defence arrangements in the light of east-west relations. Future levels of expenditure in civil defence will depend on the outcome of that review.