§ Lord POPPLEWELL
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will publish the most recent figures of the number of civil servants.
§ Lord SHEPHERD
There were 745,120 civil servants in post on 1st January 1976. This figure includes 20,862 staff employed by the Manpower Services Commission and its agencies who became civil servants with effect from 1st January 1976 under the provisions of the Employment Protection Act 1975. The remainder of the Civil Service increased by 5,113 during the quarter, mainly on account of additional staff in the Inland Revenue and, as a result of increased employment, in the Department of Health and Social Security and the Department of Employment.
House adjourned at seventeen minutes before nine o'cloc