HC Deb 18 June 1979 vol 968 c440W
Mr. John Evans

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the criteria he has used to establish that local authorities are overmanned.

Mr. King

The level of manning in the local authority field as in the rest of the public sector has been rising. Since our overriding need is a strong economy, it is essential that the needs of the productive sector should henceforth have higher priority.