HC Deb 30 January 1980 vol 977 c689W
42. Mr. Watson

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the latest figure for staff reductions in the Department of the Environment.

Mr. Heseltine

There were 49,200 staff in post in my Department on 1 January this year, 269 less than on 1 December and 2,922 or approximately 5.6 per cent. less than the number in post at the general election.