HC Deb 25 June 1956 vol 555 c4
3. Mr. Gough

asked the Minister of Supply the total number of persons employed by his Department; and what reduction in that number he hopes to make by the end of 1956.

Mr. Maudling

The total number of civilians employed by my Department on 1st April, 1956, was 105,529, of whom 34,639 were non-industrials. A special review is now being undertaken to find ways and means by which the number of these latter can be reduced, but I am not yet able to estimate results likely to be achieved by the end of the year.

Mr. Gough

May I thank my right hon. Friend for that information and ask him to do everything possible to avoid what many people think is a duplication of work between his Ministry and the various Service Ministries?

Mr. Maudling

I am concerned at the amount of manpower, particularly scientific and technical, absorbed by my Department, and I hope to be able to reduce it.