HC Deb 11 May 1978 vol 949 cc614-5W
Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total salary bill of the Wessex Water Board in its first year and currently.

Mr. Denis Howell

Total cost of salaries and wages, excluding employers contributions for national insurance and superannuation, for 1974–75 and estimated cost for 1978–79 are £5,405,000 and £9,148,000 respectively.

These costs are not directly comparable since the 1974–75 figure relates to a year during which reorganisation of the industry was still being implemented.

At 31st March 1975, total staff was 2,245. Total staff at 31st March 1978 was 2,291.