§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what success he has had in persuading local authorities to curb staff numbers.
§ Mr. McElhone
June 1976 figures indicate that, excluding new jobs provided through the Government's Job Creation Programme, there was a small net decrease in total numbers employed in the normal spheres of local government employment between March and June 1976. However, it is too early to deduce trends with any confidence.