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Civil Servants (Numbers)

Volume 930: debated on Wednesday 20 April 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will bring up to date the table of Civil Service staff increases given in his reply to the hon. Member for Melton on 24th January; and if he will outline the legislative or policy reasons which caused a variation in manpower between 1st October 1976 and 1st January 1977 wherever applicable.

The number of staff in post as at 1st January 1977, by Department, is given below:





Home Office28,6573,64732,304
Lord Chancellor's Office and Courts etc.9,9459,945
Land Registry4,92564,931
Civil Service Department3,6081,5375,145
Central Office of Information1,256601,316
HM Stationery Office3,2853,9827,267
Scottish Office9,83969310,532
Department of Transport (including DVLD)≑12,98253613,518
Scottish Courts Administration etc.7674771
Department of Health and Social Security94,22926794,496
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys2,544222,566
Department of Trade7,759457,804
Department of Industry9,0437559,798
Department of Prices and Consumer Protection369369
Export Credits Guarantee Department1,9461,946
Welsh Office1,55621,558
Ministry of Defence¶127,003134,246261,249
All other Departments5,8709816,851
NOTES—All figures include part-time staff counted as one half.

* Includes staff of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce.

† Includes staff of the Victoria and Albert and Science Museums.
‡ Includes staff of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, the Health and Safety Executive, the Manpower Services Commission and its Agencies.
§ Includes staff of the Property Services Agency.
¶ Includes staff of the Royal ordnance factories.
≑ The Department of Transport was set up on 8th November 1976.

The reasons for the significant increases were given in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Normanton on 23rd February 1977.—[Vol. 926, c. 580–82.]