§ Mr. Roy Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has issued any guidance to the Countryside Commission based on proposals for a cut-back in staff in the order of 5, 10 or 20 per cent.
§ Mr. Monro
No guidance has been issued recently. We are, however, reviewing the full range of the Department's work with a view to making further savings wherever possible. The staff complement of the Countryside Commission, as elsewhere in the Civil Service, has been reduced to take account of the 3 per cent. reduction in the cash limits on administrative expenditure announced on 23 May 1979.