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Staff Statistics

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, how many employees in the House are registered disabled.

Among the staff of the House for whom the Commission is responsible, there are six persons employed who are registered as disabled. Other registered disabled people work in the House, but their employment is the responsibility of agencies, such as the Department of the Environment.

To ask the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff are employed in the House broken down by Department.

The numbers of staff employed in the respective Departments of the House are as follows:

Numbers
Speaker's Office112
Department of the Clerk of the House145
Department of the Serjeant at Arms215
Department of the Library174
Department of the Official Report82
Administration Department83
Refreshment Department235
1 Including Chaplain.
These figures include full-time and part-time staff.

To ask the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, what has been the cost of (a) training and (b) retraining House staff by category per head in each of the last 10 years.

No record was kept for training costs prior to financial year 1983–84; nor is it practicable to distinguish between training and retraining. The costs by category per head could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The statistics for staff training for the years for which records are available are as follows:

Staff training costs
YearCost (£)Staff Nos1
1987–8836,602·832964
1986–8736,767·54914½
1985–8633,092·36911
1984–8522,465·16897
1983–8414,814·73885
1 Actual staff numbers at the end of each Financial Year.
2 To date.

To ask the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, how many employees working in the House are from the ethnic minorities.

A programme of ethnic monitoring of staff of the House is shortly to be conducted. Until the survey has been completed and the results evaluated it is not possible to provide the figures asked for.