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Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many established civil servants were employed in the grades of clerical officer, higher clerical officer, executive officer, higher executive officer, senior executive officer, assistant. principal, principal, assistant secretary and principal assistant secretary, respectively, prior to the outbreak of war; and what is the corresponding figure at the present time.

Following is the information:The numbers of established civil servants employed in the various grades enumerated in the Question at the date of the last prewar Civil Service Census, i.e., 1st April, 1939, are set out in the table below. With the wartime suspension of the census and the temporary substitution of a simplified form of return it is not possible to give comparable figures for the present time in all cases; but where the figures are available the third column of the table sets out the numbers of established staff in post at 1st July, 1945 (the latest date for which detailed figures by grades are available) excluding those serving in the Armed Forces or other war service.

Grade.1st April, 1939.1st July, 1945.
General Clerical Officer28,47919,885
Higher Clerical Officer3,6117,012(a)
Junior Executive Officer (b)2,8343.375
Higher Executive Officer (b)1,5592,747
Senior Executive Officer (b)485Separate figures for these grades are not immediately available.
Assistant Principal 334
Assistant Secretary 231
Principal Assistant Secretary87
(a) Including a small number of certain other grades.
(b) Including certain analogous grades.