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Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will publish a list of the main Departments with more than 5,000 permanent staff, showing how many such staff were employed in each Department on 1 April 1974, 1 April 1975 and at the most recent date for which figures are available.

Permanent staff in post (full-time equivalents)
1 April1 April1 January
Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food15,02315,31613,623
Customs and Excise24,79028,36227,429
Inland Revenue69,80274,19678,970
Department for National Savings13,62113,31810,313
Ministry of Defence248,876247,600220,213
Royal Ordnance Factories18,20019,01421,520
Department of Employment Group*28,29719,18651,380
Departments of Environment and Transport†25,22226,79725,353
Property Services Agency (including Supplies Division)44,26643,85237,444
Foreign and Commonwealth Office10,21710,2999,545
Home Office28,69630,72933,680
Department of Industry10,14910,3659,187
Lord Chancellor's Department9,4259,7449,905
Land Registry4,7474,5985,808
Civil Service Department5,0725,3263,264
Civil Service Catering Organisation‡1,805
HM Stationery Office7,1397,1836,290
Scottish Office9,70410,03910,668
Department of Health and Social Security83,23288,62995,391
Department of Trade7,0167,3697,239
* During 1974 the Manpower Services Commission took over responsibility for the Training Services Agency and Employment Service Agency from the Department of Employment. These staff were transferred back into the Civil Service with effect from 1 January 1976
† In September 1976 transport once again became the responsibility of a separate department, the Department of Transport. At 1 January 1980 there were 13,600 staff, in the Department of Transport
‡ With effect from 1 January 1980, figures for the Civil Service catering organisation are shown separately