§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many persons are employed in public sector administration in Wales; and what was the figure at the same date in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. John Stradling Thomas
The numbers of persons employed in public administration and defence (order XXVII of the 1968 standard industrial classification) in December each year of the period referred to were as follows:
Year Numbers 1982 80,000 1981 81,000 1980 82,000 1979 83,000 1978 84,000
These figures, based on Department of Employment quarterly estimates, do not include those employed in administration in nationalised industries or similar public bodies.