§ Mr. Charles Morrison
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by his Department on the trunk road programme on 1 January, including local authority staff in road construction units; and what is the approximate annual cost to the Department of employing those staff.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
2,574 full-time equivalents were employed, including headquarters staff and local authority staff in road construction units. The approximate annual cost of employing these staff in 1980–81 was £34.5 million.