§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give the numbers of staff by grade employed in each of his Ministry's divisional offices in each grant and advisory scheme, and the number of staff employed by grade on the same schemes at each of the new regional scheme centres.
§ Mr. Gummer
The information is not available in the form requested. The purpose of the regional reorganisation is to provide a more cost effective and efficient service for customers. It is projected that the new structure will result in a net loss of about 150 posts across the country as a whole. Of these, about 40 are the result of efficiency savings that will arise from the concentration of grant and subsidy processing at fewer, larger centres.