HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 cc379-80W
Mr. David Price

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will estimate the manpower savings which would be made in (a) the Bank of England, (b) the Treasury and (c) any other Government Department if the United Kingdom's exchange controls were abolished.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 29 March 1979], gave the following information:

A total of 24 staff is employed full time on exchange control in the Treasury; one in the Treasury Solicitor's Office; and 798 in the Bank of England. A small minority of these staff has duties which would need to be carried out if exchange control were abolished. Officers of HM Customs and Excise carry out some exchange control work alongside their

at the time of the referendum for the same years.

Mr. Joel Barnett

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 23 March 1979; Vol. 964, c. 771], gave the following information:

The precise information requested by the hon. Member is not available. However, the estimated costs per head of population of the United Kingdom's net contributions to the Communities' budget are shown in the following table, as at the present time, at the time of original entry and at the time of the referendum. These estimates have been derived by converting to current and 1973–74 prices the public expenditure figures published in Cmnd. nos. 5178, 5879 and 7439. The figures take no account of changes in the presentation of budgetary flows between estimate and outturn or the costs and benefits of Community membership not reflected in payments passing through the Communities' budget.

other duties, but staff savings would be marginal. The Government do not intend to abolish exchange control.

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