§ Mr. Churchill
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total number of job opportunities estimated to have been lost in (a) the Armed Forces, (b) civilians attached to the Armed Forces and (c) the defence industries since 1 April 1974.
§ Dr. Gilbert
Between 1 April 1974 and 1 January 1979, there was a net reduction in the Armed Forces, including locally-entered personnel, of approximately 33,300. Over the same period, there was a net reduction of approximately 39,000 in the number of civilians attached to the Armed Forces. This figure includes both industrial and non-industrial staff directly employed by the Ministry of Defence at home and overseas, as well as Property Services Agency staff engaged on defence work, but excludes staff employed by the334W Royal ordnance factories. It is estimated that, over the same period, the level of direct employment sustained by the defence equipment programme has remained at about 200,000.