HL Deb 25 November 1987 vol 490 c725WA
Lord Sefton of Garston

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many civil servants are employed south of a line drawn between the Wash and Bristol (including those employed in the latter town), and what proportion of the whole service this represents.

The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Lord Young of Graffham)

The closest available statistics relate to the Economic Planning Regions of the South East, South West (including Bristol) and East Anglia. At 1st January 1987 there were nearly 310,700 civil servants employed in this area, representing 52 per cent. of the whole Civil Service.