asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what increase or decrease there was in the staff of the Departments under her control in the period 16th October, 1964, to 15th October, 1965: and what increase or decrease she anticipates in the period up to 15th April, 1966.
The staff employed by the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance has increased by 369 since October, 1964. It is estimated that by 15th April, 1966, the number of staff will have decreased slightly from the present level. The hon. Member may also like to have similar information for the Department of the National Assistance Board. In the period October, 1964, to October, 1965, the numbers increased by 576. The Board's staffing requirements for next year have not yet been settled in detail, but there is likely to be a further increase by April, 1966.