§ 57. Mr. Leadbitter
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many civil servants are now employed in the Department of Employment; how this figure compares with 1969 and 1970; and what proposals he has to reorganise the Department in view of the high level of unemployment.
§ Mr. Bryan
On 1st October, 1971, there were 32,788 non-industrial and industrial civil servants in the Department. The corresponding numbers on 1st October, 1969, and 1st October, 1970, were 30,984 and 32,090, respectively. As a result of the present high level of unemployment the resources for training unemployed people are being increased.
As regards the second part of the Question my right hon. Friend's plans for the reform of the public employment services are being published today in "People and Jobs". In addition the resources for training unemployed people are being substantially increased.