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Civil Service

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give figures for 1979–80 and each subsequent year on (a) the cost of the civil service and (b) the average cost for each civil servant; and if he will break down the average cost for each civil servant into pay, national insurance, superannuation, and other costs such as office space, heating, lighting, car allowance, travel allowance, etc.

Table 1
1980–811981–821982–831983–841984–851985–861986–871987–881988–891989–90
Departmental running costs in £ million16,8007,7008,4009,65010,20010,70011,35212,00912,69813,680
Average full-time staff included in running costs2 of which:712,200693,900675,100654,900639,300633,700634,700622,500608,000602,900
Civil Service625,600608,700590,900571,400556,300550,600551,600540,300527,200525,700
Armed Forces58,00058,00058,00058,00058,00058,00058,00057,00056,00053,000
Northern Ireland Civil Service28,60027,20026,20025,50025,00025,10025,10025,20024,80024,200
Running costs £ per head9,54811,09712,44314,73515,95516,88517,88619,29220,88522,690
1 Departmental running costs comprise pay and national insurance costs, personnel overheads (including travel allowances), accommodation costs, office and other services. They do not include notional accruing pensions liability, pensions in payment or capital expenditure.