§ Mr. McAllion
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will provide figures for the reduction in numbers of posts as a result of contracting out since 1979 in her Department and agencies for which she has responsibility.
§ Mr. Sackville
The Department of Health became a separate Government Department in 1989. Since then, the number of posts in the Department has been reduced by just under 30 as a result of contracting out.