§ Mr. Hordern
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people are employed at his Department's offices in Newcastle; and what is the cost of their remuneration.
§ Mr. Newton
A total of 11,611 on 1 February 1984, the great majority of them being employed in the752W Department's Newcastle central office and its out-stations. We estimate that the cost of their remuneration (including employer's national insurance costs) is £74.4 million a year.