§ Sir T. Kitson
asked the Secretary of State for Transport in view of the cutback in the national road construction programme, how many staff will be made redundant in his Department's Highways Section.
§ Mr. Ridley
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many people he thinks will be made redundant as a result of the latest cuts in the road building programme, in the private sector and in the Civil Service, respectively.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
It is not possible to forecast redundancies, but the overall reduction in private sector employment in 1977–78 is likely to be about 5,000. It is too early to say what the effects will be in the Civil Service.