§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the number of customs officials employed at each airport and port between 1979 and 1985.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
I regret to have to say that to list the number of customs officials employed at each airport and port between 1979–1985 would require considerable research and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The total number of Customs and Excise staff employed on customs duties at ports, airports and inland premises for each of the years 1979 to 1985 is set out as follows:
Number 1979 7,591 1980 7,231 1981 7,088 1982 6,861 1983 6,717 1984 6,552 1985* 6,701 *Provisional.