HC Deb 30 April 1968 vol 763 c174W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister why the Cabinet Office staff has increased from 379 at a cost of £474,500 in 1963–64 to 484 at a cost of £809,000 in 1968–69; and, in view of his policy of economising on these types of expenditure, what action he has taken, or proposes to take, to reduce the staff and expenses of the Cabinet Office.

The Prime Minister

It is the Government's policy to strengthen the central machinery of co-ordination and to provide, in particular, an improved statistical basis for decision-making. The staff of the Cabinet Office, which, of course, includes the Central Statistical Office, has been increased in pursuit of this policy; and I have no proposals for reducing it.