HC Deb 23 February 1965 vol 707 cc48-9W
31. Mr. Hornby

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the anticipated net increase in the number of civil servants resulting from the establishment of her Department.

43. Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Minister of Overseas Development how many staff were previously employed in other Departments on functions now transferred to the Ministry of Overseas Development; and how many of these staff have been transferred with their functions to that Department.

Mrs. Castle

I would refer the hon. Members to my replies of 15th December, 1964, to the hon. Members for Banbury (Mr. Marten) and Hertfordshire, South-West (Mr. Longden). Many of the 360 additional staff would in any case have been required to meet the needs of our expanding programmes of aid, and the new emphasis which we have rightly placed on economic planning. It is not therefore possible to say what staff increase, if any, results specifically from the creation of the Ministry of Overseas Development.

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