HC Deb 28 October 1976 vol 918 cc319-20W
Mr. Canavan

asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many civil servants are likely to be made redundant as a result of public expenditure cuts already decided by the Government.

Mr. Charles R. Morris

I cannot yet give a figure, but we expect that the numbers will be small. By adjusting recruitment and other measures we hope to transfer as many surplus staff as possible to posts which become vacant—e.g., as a result of natural wastage. But some redundancy will be unavoidable, particularly in localities where there is no other Civil Service work or amongst surplus staff whose work is so specialised that they cannot readily switch to other jobs.