HC Deb 22 March 1984 vol 56 c567W
Mr. Dover

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give details of the reduction in manpower in his Department of 45,620 between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1984.

Mr. Pattie

I assume my hon. Friend is referring to United Kingdom-based civilian manpower. Details of these reductions including the ROFs are only presently available up to 1 April 1983 and are as follows:

Civilian manpower
(a) Changes in workload
(i) increases +1,765
(ii) decreases -5,316
(b) Carrying out work more efficiently by changes in method -1,192
(c) General streamlining and other minor changes -23,294
(d) Increases arising from new activities +309
(e) Dropping or materially curtailing functions -7,202
(f) Privatisation including contracting out -4,473
(g) Hiving off -251
Total 39,654

In the period 1 April 1983 to 1 January 1984 a further reduction of 5,966 staff was made, but their categorisation is not yet available.