§ Mr. Porter
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many official forms are issued by his Department; and how this compares with 1979.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
The total number of forms issued to the public and businesses is not recorded.
This Department currently has about 340 different types of forms which are for use by the public or businesses; corresponding figures for 1979 are not available. However, in the first year following the publication of "Administrative Forms in Government" (Cmnd. 8504) in February 1982, 61 forms were reviewed of which 31 were abolished. The review of forms used by the Government is continuing. Figures relating to progress from February this year to April 1984 should be available in May next year.