§ Mr. Sainsbury
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many civil servants in his Department are wholly or mainly employed in cost efficiency programmes and/or other methods of improving manpower utilisation (a) within the Establishment and Management Services Division and (b) elsewhere in his Department; and what were the comparable figures in March 1974.
§ Mr. Shore
The numbers of staff in organisation and establishments directorates of DOE and PSA were 3,911 in 1974 and are now 4,199. Many of these are substantially concerned with the matters in the Question. For example, in the Management Services Directorate, 255 staff are wholly engaged on work which has as its main purpose the improvement of the efficiency of the Department; in addition there are 42 staff inspectors in DOE Central and PSA. Cost effectiveness and the efficient use of manpower also engage the attention of management throughout the Department.