§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each year since 1978–79 the total number of appointments of all kinds it fell within his power to make, and whether or not such appointments actually fell to be made in the year in question.
§ Mr. Lawson
The total number of public appointments which could have been made for the years specified is as follows:
Number 1979 54 1980 40 1981 40 1982 47 1983 47
The bulk of the appointments are to the National Economic Development Office; they account for 38 of the appointments which could have been made in 1979 and for 19 in each of the subsequent years.