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Who's doing the Stormont math?

I REFER to an article in the Belfast Telegraph (News, January 20) in which it is stated that the civil service employs 84 economists to 'provide timely and relevant advice'.

While I have no doubt that the Department of Finance does, indeed, need a number of civil servants in this vital role, does it really need 84? What do they do all day?

It would be interesting to know if the Treasury Department over in Westminster even has this many civil servants.

Northern Ireland is a tiny economy on the international stage and, indeed, even UK-wide it is a small economy.

Surely the department does not need this many civil servants to fulfill this role?

ANDREW McKEEVER

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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