§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people are currently employed in direct labour departments of local authorities in Great Britain; and how this compares with the position in each year since local government reorganisation.
§ Mr. Armstrong
Information on employment in direct labour departments of local authorities is normally obtained for 429W April and October each year, but no inquiry was conducted in April 1974 in
LOCAL AUTHORITIES DIRECT LABOUR DEPARTMENTS OPERATIVES (INCLUDING APPRENTICES) ENGAGED ON CONSTRUCTION WORK, AND APTC STAFF GREAT BRITAIN Thousands October 1973 October 1974 April 1975 October 1975 Operatives … … … 175.6 164.3 171.3 177.1 APTC … … … 87.7 85.4 87.2 88.3 Total … … … 263.3 249.7 258.5 265.4
APTC (Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical) staff include all personnel engaged on the design, management, control, etc., of building and civil engineering work, irrespective of whether the work is to be carried out by the authority's direct labour force or by a contractor.