HC Deb 21 February 1975 vol 886 c531W
Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many civil servants were employed in his Department on 1st January 1975 and on the same date in each of the three preceding years.

Mr. Booth

The figures are as follows:

1st January 1975—18,395 (including staff of Health and Safety Executive).
1st January 1974—33,773.
1st January 1973—34,437.
1st January 1972—33,069.

The reduction in figures between 1974 and 1975 is due to the creation of the Manpower Services Commission and its agencies.

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