§ 6. Mr. Onslow
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what increase or decrease in staff there was in the Department under his control in the period 16th October, 1964 to 15th October, 1965; and what increase or decrease he anticipates in the period up to 15th April, 1966.
§ Mr. Crossman
Between 16th October, 1964 and 15th October, 1965 the number of staff in my Department decreased by 48. This figure takes account of the transfer, with their responsibilities, of some 270 staff to other Departments.
During the next six months the staff must increase; for one thing the Department has to service the Rent Assessment Committees to be established under the Rent Bill. But I cannot yet say what the numbers will be.