§ Mr. MacGregor
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what will be the total addition to Civil Service staff costs in 1977–78 of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's increase of 2 per cent, on employers' national insurance contributions; and whether it is the Government's intention that this will be met through an increase in the appropriate cash limit blocks or through a reduction in numbers employed.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
I would refer the hon. Member to my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South-West (Mrs. Wise) on 27th July 1976—[Vol. 916, c. 130.] Cash limits for 1977–78 have not yet been settled.