HC Deb 21 February 1975 vol 886 cc543-4W
Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection how many civil servants were employed in her Department on 1st January 1975 and on the same date in each of the two preceding years.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

The number on 1st January 1975 was 293. This total does not include the staffs of the Metrication Board, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, the Office of Fair Trading and the Price Commission. The corresponding number at 1st April 1974, the first date on which information was collected following the creation of my Department on 5th March 1974, was 209.