§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to limit overtime and the recruitment of new staff at the quality assurance directorate, Woolwich; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
The quality assurance directorate at Woolwich is subject to general limitation on overtime which was imposed throughout the Department on 18 January 1980. Overtime needed to meet essential safety and security requirements will continue.
The recruitment of new staff has been postponed until 1 April 1980, except for professional engineers, whose recruitment may continue without restriction, and all potential recruits who were given firm offers of apointment in writing on or before 17 January 1980.