§ Mr. Porter
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many official forms are issued by his Department; and how this compares with 1979.
§ Mr. Butler
The Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments currently have about 2,872 different types of forms which are for use by the public or business; corresponding figures for 1979 are not available. In the first year following the publication in February 1982 of "Administrative Forms in Government" (Cmnd. 8504), 1,017 forms were reviewed, of which 88 were abolished and 109 were redesigned.