HC Deb 18 December 1979 vol 976 cc143-4W
Mr. Harold Walker

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will specify the employment and training activities which are to be reduced as a consequence of the Civil Service review.

Mr. Jim Lester

My hon. Friend the Minister of State, Civil Service Department announced on 6 December that the Manpower Services Commission would save approximately 3,400 staff from reductions in employment and training services, leading to a reduction in staff costs of£20.2 million. I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that it will be meeting today to consider how this reduction should be apportioned among its various operational programmes.