HC Deb 16 December 1983 vol 50 c588W
Mr. Michael Forsyth

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. Butler

The following figures show the number of appointments to non-departmental public bodies which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State had the power to make between 1979 and 1983, taken at 1 April of each year, though many of them did not fall to be made in the period in question:

1979 2,542
1980 2,608
1981 2,594
1982 2,482
1983 2,478