HC Deb 13 April 1978 vol 947 c491W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Written Answer to the hon. Member for Christ-church and Lymington, when the National Bus Company intends to introduce its scheme of off-peak concessionary fares for pensioners in areas where no scheme presently exists.

Mr. Horam

The National Bus Company has just asked its subsidiary companies to investigate the areas in which schemes might be introduced. Schemes

1963–64 1969–70 1073–74 1977–78
House of Commons 279 (35) 361 (63) 419 (68) 514 (86)
Refreshment Department Not available 194 (14) 191 (22) 236 (6)
House of Lords 163 (24) 112 (33)* 149 (38) 171 (41)
Refreshment Department Not available Not available Not available 51 (10)
Metropolitan Police 85 79 79 205†
Department of the Environment Not available 277 (16) 326 (16) 244 (13)
Civil Service Department‡ 12 17 21 21 (1)
Part-time staff are shown in brackets and are counted as half in the totals.
* The drop in staff numbers between 1963–64 and 1969–70 was due in part to the transfer of 54 Custodian staff to the Vote of the Department of the Environment with effect from 1966–67.
† Includes 98 Custodians and Firemen responsibility for whom was transferred from the Department of the Environment on 1st October 1977. The increase in the number of officers reflects the implementation of improved security arrangements at the Palace following the statement by Mr. Speaker on 27th July 1977.—[Vol. 936, cc. 631–4.]
‡ Includes staff of the Government Whips' Office (Commons), Opposition Whips' Office (Commons) and the Government Whips' Office (Lords). The Government Whips' Office (Commons) is divided between the House of Commons and 12 Downing Street.
Staff employed by the Post Office for postal and telecommunications duty, and those employed by the Royal British Legion as attendants in the underground car park are not included in this table.