HC Deb 06 May 1968 vol 764 c37W
Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Power whether he is aware that the reduction in manpower in the gas industry during the period from 31st March, 1967 to 29th February, 1968 was 0.69 per cent., and that at the present rate the percentage reduction will be 1.5 per cent. between the end of the years 1966–67 and 1968–69, as compared with the 4 per cent. predicted by the National Board for Prices and Incomes Report, Command Paper No. 3567; and what measures are being taken in consultation with his Department to achieve this target.

Mr. Freeson

The reduction in manpower referred to in the first part of the Question relates to total numbers employed in the gas industry. The reduction of 4 per cent. alluded to in connection with labour costs in paragraph 29 of the N.B.P.I. report covers manual employees only. All personnel matters, including numbers employed, are kept under constant review by the Gas Council and Area Boards.

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