asked the Prime Minister how many permanent secretaries, second permanent secretaries and under secretaries there were in the Civil Service in 1964; how many there are at present; and whether she has any plans for reducing their numbers.
The earliest year for which figures are held centrally is 1965. The following table shows the number of posts in the grades specified at 1 April 1965, 1 April 1979 and 1 January 1982.
|1 April 1965||1 April 1979||1 January 1982|
|Second Permanent Secretary||15||15|
|* Separate figures for second permanent secretary are not available.|
|† Includes permanent secretaries to Treasury and CSD and secretary of the Cabinet.|
|‡ Includes permanent secretary to Treasury and secretary of the Cabinet.|