HC Deb 23 June 1971 vol 819 cc298-9W
Mr. Gwynoro Jones

asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many civil servants there are working in Government Departments in Wales at 1st June, 1971; and how this compares with June, 1970.

Mr. David Howell

Information in respect of 1st June is not available. On 1st January, 1971, there were 19,509 non-industrial civil servants employed in Government Departments in Wales and Monmouthshire as compared with 18,879 at 1st January, 1970.

Mr. Gwynoro Jones

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will list the number working in each Government Department that has a section in Wales; and what further plans he has in this regard.

Mr. David Howell

The information required in respect of the major Government Departments is as follows:

Number of non-industrial civil servants at 1st January, 1971
Department Total In Wales and Monmouth-shire
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 14,940 1,340
County Courts 5,651 502
Customs and Excise 17,919 426
Defence, including Aviation Supply 129,809 3,048
Employment 30,899 1,774
Environment 38,932 1,628
Health and Social Security 71,635 3,438
Home Office 21,510 491
Inland Revenue 69,620 4,712
Royal Mint 420 144
Trade and Industry 24,780 742
Welsh Office 884 856
Other departments employing staff in Wales 45,388 408

As regards the second part of the question, I would refer the Hon. Member to the reply given by my Rt. Hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Wales on 9th February, 197l.

—[Vol. 811, c. 129–30.]

Mr. Chichester-Clark

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what recent action he has taken to reduce the number of civil servants; and with what numerical result.

Mr. David Howell

There were 499,605 non-industrial civil servants in post on 1st May, 1971, as compared with 499,690 on 1st January, 1971. In the same period the number of industrials has fallen by more than 2,000.

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