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Departmental Staff

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many (a) administrative and (b) clerical staff are employed by his Department (i) throughout the United Kingdom and (ii) in London; how many of them in each role work in connection with (1) the Health Service, (2) social security and (3) other services of his Department; how many such staff are currently employed by (a) regional and (b) district health authorities; and what is the total annual cost of all such staff.

The numbers of whole-time equivalent administrative and clerical staff employed in the Department on 1 October 1987 are shown in the following table:

United Kingdom130,82563,201
London pay area26,50010,000
Health service32,0002,500
Social security29,00060,500
1 London staff are included in the United Kingdom figures.
2 The numbers quoted for London staff in Location and all figures in Function are estimates.
3 Includes staff engaged on related Personal Social Services work.
A comparable breakdown for staff employed in the National Health Service is not available. On 30 September 1986, the latest date for which figures are available, the total number of administrative and clerical staff employed by health authorities in England was estimated to be

Regional health authorities7,800
District health authorities95,400
Other employing authorities8,100
At a total annual salary cost of £875 million.