HC Deb 25 February 1986 vol 92 c534W
71. Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the potential for a rise in employment in health and social services over the next 12 months.

Mr. Hayhoe

Health authorities are responsible for estimating their manpower needs, and their proposals for staffing in 1986–87 are at present being considered in the context of their short-term programmes for that year. Employment in the family practitioner services is expected to increase slightly in line with past trends despite a small projected reduction in administrative and clerical posts. Local authorities are responsible for the staffing of social services departments.