asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many administrative and clerical civil servants were employed by her Department in January 1974 and January 1975; and what was the average monthly salary or wage paid and the percentage increase for each figure.
The number of administrative and clerical staff employed in the Department of Health and Social Security on 1st January 1974 was 22,627 and 48,808 respectively. The corresponding figures on 1st January 1975 were 24,405 and 52,150, increases of 7·8 per cent. and 6·8 per cent. Average monthly salaries of these groups on 1st January 1974 were: administrative staff £235 and clerical staff £129. The corresponding figures on 1st January 1975—including threshold payments of £19·14 per month —were £262 and £153, increases of 11·5 per cent. and 18·6 per cent.