§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many disablement resettlement officers are currently in post; how many there were in May 1979; in which areas there have been the greatest percentage of reductions; what criteria were used to decide the size and location of the reductions; and what has been the financial saving.
§ Mr. Alison
The number of disablement resettlement officers now in post is not significantly different from the number in post in May 1979. It is not possible to give precise numbers, but at both dates the figure was some 520 to 530, including both full-time and part-time posts.