§ Mr. Guy Barnett
There were 2.58 million local government employees—full-and part-;time—in England and Wales at the last count in September 1977.
Numbers have declined over the past 12 months, as a result of restraints on local authority expenditure, and the consequences of past restraints may continue to be felt in 1978–79. However, I expect manpower levels to stabilize in 1978–79.
§ Mr. Michael Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish tables showing the total number of staff employed by local authorities in England and Wales in each quarter since January 1970.
§ Mr. Guy Barnett
Information about the numbers of employees in local government in England and Wales is available only on an annual basis up to June 1974. This information has been published in theDepartment of Employment Gazette. From March 1975 quarterly figures have been collected by the central 464W and local government Joint Manpower Watch and these are published regularly in the Department of Employment Gazette and the Monthly Digest of Statistics, copies of which are available in the Library.
The table below gives the numbers of full and part-time employees in local authorities in England and Wales, including police, for the period since 1969. The numbers of police civilians, traffic wardens, police cadets, agency, magistrates' courts and probation staffs are now collected by the Joint Manpower Watch but were not covered in the surveys prior to March 1975. They are therefore excluded from the table in order to provide a broadly comparable set of figures.
Thousands June 1969 2,124 June 1970 2,162 June 1971 2,234 June 1972 2,340 June 1973 2,454 June 1974 2,443 March 1975 2,549 June 1975 2,556 September 1975 2,549 December 1975 2,576 March 1976 2,582 June 1976 2,574 September 1976 2,533 December 1976 2,579 March 1977 2,575 June 1977 2,556 September 1977* 2,512 * Latest figures available
The quarterly figures—March 1975 onwards—reflect seasonal variations Longer term trends are better measured by year-on-year comparisons.