HC Deb 04 May 1982 vol 23 c52W
Dr. McDonald

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report the number of jobs lost as a result of cuts in defence spending or changes in the equipment programme in 1979–80, 1980–81 and 1981–82 by (a) armed services personnel, (b) civil servants and (c) employees in the defence industry, both directly and indirectly employed on defence contracts.

Mr. Pattie

Defence spending has not been cut and continues to be increased in real terms. Recruiting targets are reviewed from time to time. As stated in Cmnd. 8288, some reductions in Service manpower are foreseen up to 1986, while civilian savings are being sought over the entire range of activities to meet the target of 200,000 United Kingdom-based employees by 1984. All manpower reductions contribute to the regulation of the defence budget. Employment in the defence industries has increased despite introduction of new higher productivity methods in many sectors

Changes in the strength of Service personnel and civilian employees—including locally-entered personnel—for the years in question were:

1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 Total change in period
Service personnel +5,400 +14,700 -4,900 +15,200
Civilian employees -9,600 -11,400 -13,200 -34,200

and the estimated number of jobs in United Kingdom industry sustained by the equipment programme were:

1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 Total change in period
Direct 225,000 240,000 * *
Indirect 180,000 190,000 * *
* Not yet available.