HC Deb 04 March 1983 vol 38 c252W
Mr. Cook

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report a table similar to that contained in his answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central of 9 February, Official Report, c. 400–401, stating the number of reductions in staff and all redundancies since May 1979.

Mr. Pattie

The information, in so far as it is available, is as follows:

Total changes* (1 April 1979 to 1 January 1983) Number of redundancies
Royal Navy/Royal Marines -5,247 125
Army +5,921 194
RAF +2,745 36
United Kingdom civilian non-industrial staff -14,808 318
United Kingdom civilian industrial staff -22,671 4,607
Locally engaged civilians overseas -4,417
* The service figures give the changes in the requirement for trained service personnel, including locally engaged personnel. The civilian figures are changes in actual strengths, adjusted for comparability between the two dates.
† Figures not available.