HC Deb 17 April 1980 vol 982 cc719-20W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the proposed reductions in the number of civil servants employed in his Department; and what reductions so far have been carried out.

Mr. Peter Walker

On 1 April 1980, 179 fewer civil servants were employed in my Department than on 1 May 1979. Present plans envisage an additional reduction of about 600 over the next four years.