§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each year since 1978–79 the total number of appointments of all kinds it fell within his power to make, whether or not such appointments actually fell to be made in the year in question.
§ Mr. Brittan
Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The total numbers of appointments to executive and advisory bodies, tribunals and other bodies for which I am responsible was 2,906 in 1981–82 and 2,608 at 1 July 1983. Details of 1981–82 are contained in the HMSO publication "Public Bodies 1982". The 1983 edition has yet to be published.