§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of job losses in the civil service in the next two years.
§ Sir George Young
The statistical supplement to the "Financial Statement and Budget Report", published on 24 February, shows Departments' civil service staff plans as follows:
Outturn Planned Figures 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 548,000 527,000 516,000 494,000 477,000
This accords with the expectation, announced in the civil service White Paper—Cm 2627—that numbers would fall significantly below 500,000 in the next few years.