HC Deb 18 April 1980 vol 982 c732W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Lord Privy Seal 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. Hurd

The proposed reductions are United Kingdom-based staff savings of 425 in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Diplomatic Service, and 235 in the Overseas Development Administration. There will be additional savings under the recently announced 2½ per cent. reduction in manpower costs.

Between 1 May 1979 and 1 April 1980, the number of staff fell by 313.

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