§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the percentage increase in work load during the years 1979 to 1983 taken individually by the staff in the offices of his Department covered by the Banff and Buchan areas.
§ Dr. Boyson
Aberdeen North, Elgin and Peterhead DHSS local offices serve the constituency, but the boundaries are not conterminous. There are a large number of ways in which work load is counted in DHSS local offices. The major one for supplementary benefit is the number of cases handled. The percentage increase in the number of supplementary benefit cases handled in each office each year is shown in the table. There is no one equivalent measure for contributory benefit cases.
December to December Aberdeen North per cent. increase Elgin per cent. increase Peterhead per cent. increase 1979–80 6 4 3 1980–81 12 11 10 1981–82 5 13 19 1982–83 1 1 9