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Under-Secretaries Of State

Volume 928: debated on Monday 14 March 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is currently the average time that an assistant Under-Secretary remains in the same post in each Government Department.

The average length by Department of all Under-Secretary postings which terminated between 1st January 1976 and the present day, together with all posting still continuing is:

Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food31
Civil Service Department25
Ministry of Defence25
Department of Education and Science28
Department of Employment Group33
Department of the Environment and Transport23
Department of Health and Social Security210
Home Office29
Inland Revenue311
Departments of Trade and Industry Group (including Department of Energy)29
Scottish Office29
All other Departments211
Since present postings are included, these figures underestimate the lengths of tours in individual posts.