§ Mr. John Garrett
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the proposed reduction of staff in the Civil Service Department generally, and in its offices in Norwich.
§ Mr. Channon
Compared with the number of staff in post on 1 October 1980, a reduction of 889 is to be made in the Civil Service Department by 1 April 1984. Of the departmental manpower targets announced on 27 November—[Vol. 994, c. 173–76]—the total savings attributed to the Lord President's Department taken together include a further reduction of 1,000 staff, details of which are still under consideration. This apart, and on present plans, approximately 120 staff at the Department's computer centre in Norwich will be transferred, together with their work, to Her Majesty's Stationery Office between now and April 1984; in addition, the number of Civil Service Department staff at Norwich will be reduced by approximately 50 during this period.