§ Mr. R. Carr
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the number of staff in all Government Departments required to receive and consider notifications of proposed increases in pay, prices and charges, in 1967, 1968, and 1969; and what is the estimate of the overall cost of this work in each of these three years.
§ Mr. Taverne
About 90 staff were employed on 1st April, 1967 and 1st April, 1968. The estimated overall cost of the work in 1967–68 was about £¼ million. I am not in a position to give comparable information for 1968–69 at this stage.