HC Deb 06 April 1987 vol 114 cc45-6W
38. Mr. Wallace

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many jobs have been cut by the British Railways Board since 1979.

Mr. David Mitchell

The reduction in the board's staff between 31 December 1979 and 31 March 1986 is estimated at about 54,000, which is equivalent to some 22 per cent. excluding jobs in the boards former hotels, ships and hovercraft activities which have been transferred to the private sector during that period.