To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees giving their full-time equivalents, there were in his Department on 31 December in each year since 1993; and what are the planned figures for 31 December 1996. 
The information is as follows:
Full-time equivalent or part-time staff
|31 December 1993||2,439||202|
|31 December 1994||2,357||199|
|1 December 1995||2,222||184|
It is expected that staff numbers—full-time equivalent—will be reduced to 2,100 during 1996–97.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with trade unions regarding compliance with European Union directives on large-scale redundancies in respect of his Department's current staff reductions and redundancies programme. 
Consultation on the current staff reductions has taken place with the trade unions in my Department on the basis of the appropriate departmental Whitely Council agreements. The consultations comply with the provisions of the relevant European directives.