HC Deb 12 December 1967 vol 756 cc200-1
Q2. Mr. Onslow

asked the Prime Minister what steps he takes to keep himself informed of increases in the size and cost of the Civil Service.

The Prime Minister

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to a similar Question by him on 20th December, 1966.—[Vol. 738, c. 1184.]

Mr. Onslow

Will the Prime Minister confirm that he is aware of—indeed, responsible for—the increase of 52,000 in the non-industrial Civil Service since October, 1964, an increase in annual wages and salaries of over £115 million? If there are to be cuts, is not this the place to begin?

The Prime Minister

I am certainly aware of the figures given to the House yesterday, but I remind the hon. Member that under the last Conservative Government the Civil Service increased by 36,000.

Mr. Molloy

Is my right hon. Friend aware that very many hon. Members opposite are constantly pressing for increases in a variety of public services and that they crib when the personnel have to be found to fill those jobs?

The Prime Minister

Yes. The point had not escaped me. I know that hon. Members in all parts of the House will be pleased that one of the biggest increases is in the social services, an increase of 7,200.