HC Deb 29 November 1979 vol 974 c794W
Mr. John Townend

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people were employed by the water authorities in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Mr. Fox

The following figures set out the numbers employed by the water authorities between 1974–75 and 1978–79. The statistics are taken from the water authorities' annual reports and are given as full-time employee equivalents except for 1978–79 where the information for some authorities is only available as total numbers of people employed:

1974–75 58,406
1975–76 60,482
1976–77 61,468
1977–78 61,620
1978–79 62,969

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