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Departmental Staff

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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95.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many members of staff within his Department are located within each region outside London; what percentage this constitutes of staff within his Department; and what were the comparable figures, in absolute and percentage terms in 1979.

The following tables show the numbers of staff in my Department located within each of the Department of the Environment and Property Service Agency regional areas' outside the London regional area at 1 February 1988, together with the percentages which those numbers represent of my total staff:

RegionNumberPer cent.
Department of the Environment
East9122·8
East Midlands1040·3
North1120·3
North West2450·8
South East210·1
South West6642·1
West Midlands1270·4
Yorks and Humberside1260·4

Region

Numberr

Per cent.

Properly Services Agency

East2,8748·9
Midlands1,4534·5
North East1,6395·1
North West (including some staff in Northern Ireland)1,3854·3
South1,6565·1
South East2,4017·4
South West2,5728·0

In addition there were 1,981 (6.1 per cent.) staff in Scotland, 1,227 (3–8 per cent.) in Wales and 504 (1.6 per cent.) abroad.

Figures for 1979 were:

Region

Number

Per cent.

Department of the Environment

East1,3812·7
East Midlands2350·5
North3830·5
North West3530·7
South East1,2882·5
South West9481·8
West Midlands2920·6
Yorks and Humberside2470·5

Property Services Agency

East2,4324·7
Midlands2,7255·3
North East2,7905·4
North West (including some staff in Northern Ireland)2,5514·9
South2,9335·7
South East4,4018·5
South West4,6439·0

There were 3,253 (6·3 per cent.) staff in Scotland, 1,995 (3·7 per cent.) in Wales and 802 (1·6 per cent.) abroad.

1 The joint Department of the Environment/Department of Transport regions and the PSA regions cover different areas.

These figures cannot be compared directly with those for 1988 as there have been major organisational changes since 1979 including privatisation and hiving-off of functions.