§ Mr. Corrie
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what was the number of people employed in the Civil Service each month since January 1975; and what he envisages will be the number of people employed in the Civil Service in December 1975.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
Statistics of the number of civil servants in post are collected on a quarterly basis. On 1st January 1975, the total was 693,921 and on 1st April 1975, it was 701,370. The figure for 1st July 1975 is not yet available.
No forecast of numbers for 1st December 1975 is available, but numbers are expected to increase during the 669W remainder of the year as staff are recruited to administer improved social security benefits and changes in taxation already announced, and to deal with the increased demand for unemployment benefits.