asked the Prime Minister whether he is satisfied that it is necessary to maintain, in present circumstances, the Department of Overseas Trade in its present form; and whether he will consider reducing it to care and maintenance staff?
Is not the Deputy Prime Minister aware that the staff of this Department considers that very extensive reductions could be made in the size of the personnel of that office, and as the staff itself thinks that, will not the Minister give further consideration to the matter?
I would not accept any of the allegations made by the hon. Member or the implications involved in them. I think he would do well to study the figures and then raise the matter again if he feels so disposed.