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Civil Servants

Volume 268: debated on Tuesday 12 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to increase the civil service support for the Scottish Office ministerial team; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of these plans. [5508]

On the basis of an interim official study, some additions are being made to the support provided to Ministers to reflect a greatly increased work load. This in part reflects my desire to invite groups from all walks of life in Scotland to meet me and to follow up on their suggestions. It also reflects the intensive programme of visits carried out by my Ministers. There will be no additional costs as they will be met from within existing resources.Staffing will be further reviewed when we have the outcome of a Scottish Office efficiency unit review which is currently under way.