§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Defence 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. Pattie
The numbers of appointments* of non-Government servants for which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence was responsible in each of the last five years are as follows:
Year Numbers 1979 1,732 1980 1,508 1981 1,429 1982 1,426 1983 †1,435
* These figures do not include temporary arrangements such as the employment of consultants. They include the number of appointments to the Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve (897) at the time of their reconstitution; because there is no fixed complement, the actual number of appointments at any given time will vary slightly.
† This total includes three additional posts on the Armed Forces Medical Advisory Board and three new Consultants Approval Boards.