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Public Services And Defence Employees

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are now employed in the Civil Service, public service, local authorities, services, and defence Services, respectively; and what are the total payments broken down into salaries, travel and accommodation expenses, and other emoluments to cover costs necessarily incurred as at end December 1976; and how this compared with each of five previous years.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 24th February 1977; Vol. 926, c. 676–7], gave the following information:Comprehensive statistics of employment in the public sector of the United Kingdom are available only at June of each year and the latest available estimates refer to 1975.

The total estimated cost of Civil Service wages and salaries for the financial follows:

Financial year







Wages and salaries(£million)1,1751,3001,4191,5091,8402,543

* Excludes cost of the staff of trading fund organisations for which there is no estimate.

The cost of travel and accommodation expenses and other emoluments are not held centrally and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Further information on payments made by central Government and local author- years 1970–71 to 1975–76 were as follows;

ities for the years 1970 to 1975 is published in table 1·10, 3·1 and 9·2 of "National Income and Expenditure: 1965–1975".