§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the latest quarterly estimate of total local authority staffing in Scotland; and what is the change in staff numbers expressed as a percentage for each quarter since March 1975.
§ Mr. McElhone
I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the return for March 1978, which has also been placed in the Library. Quarterly figures are not available for 1975. Since March 1976 the quarterly percentage change in manpower numbers has been as follows:
Date Percentage Change From Date Previous Quarter March 1976 — June1976 + 0.16 September 1976 -05 December 1976 -0.9 March 1977 -0.2 June 1977 -1.0 September 1977 -1.0 December 1977 -0.09 March 1978 + 0.12