HC Deb 02 June 1980 vol 985 cc521-2W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the non-industrial staff of his Department were absent without authority on 14 May; how many of these hold politically sensitive posts; and if he will take steps to transfer those officials in the latter category to work where opposition to Government policy does not matter.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Nine members of staff of the Science museum—which represents 0.8 per cent. of the establishment of the Office of Arts and Libraries. In view of the nature of their duties I do not regard their transfer as necessary.

No members of my headquarters staff or of the Victoria and Albert museum were absent without authority.