§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what is his latest estimate of the whole time equivalent staff savings to be made from the operational strategy;
(2) if he will give a regional breakdown of the staff savings made to date as a result of the operational strategy.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The operational strategy is estimated to save 21,000 posts by 1995–96. Savings made by April 1991, analysed according to the seven former regions are as follows:
Number North East 2,076 Midlands 1,300 London North 1,009 London South 1,193 Wales and South West 850 North West 3,160 Scotland 1,438 Total 11,026