§ Mr. Michael Latham
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what was the total number of staff in post in her Department at the latest convenient date; and what was the total authorised establishment on that date.
§ Mr. Maclennan
The number of staff in post in my Department was 293 on 1st January 1975, and the present authorised establishment is 326. These totals do not include the staffs of the Metrication Board, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, the Office of Fair Trading and the Price Commission. The staff of the British Approvals Service for Electrical Equipment in Flammable Atmospheres (BASEEFA), who were transferred to the Health and Safety Commission on 1st January 1975, have been excluded from the figures given.