§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many posts he estimates will be lost at the Home Office during the next three financial years; from which units they will come; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Howard
Planned staff numbers in the Home Office and its agencies are set out in annex 4 of my Department's annual report CM 3208 published in March, a copy of which is in the Library.
Permanent staff numbers are projected to fall by 1,045 between 1995–96 and 1998–99, of which 705 are in the Prison Service.