§ Mr. Ray Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the number of employees in his Department on 1 April 1974 and 31 December 1980.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
A total of 1,210 and 2,356 permanent staff on 1 April 1974 and 1 Jaunary 1981 respectively. This increase reflects the considerable additional responsibilities assumed by my Department during this period.