HC Deb 14 March 1977 vol 928 c26W
Mr. Grimond

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what reductions in the Service in numbers he proposes for the next year.

Mr. Charles R. Morris

I would refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Lewis) on 11th March 1977 for the general background to these reductions, which are aimed at the financial year 1978–79. In 1977–78, I expect Civil Service numbers to increase at first. They may even go above the ¾ million mark, but they should fall as the year progresses and return to about their present level by 1st April 1978.