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Departmental Staffing

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in his Department were employed to calculate entitlement to the minimum income guarantee, prior to the creation of the Pensions Service; [102601](2) how many people in his Department were employed to calculate entitlement to contributory retirement pensions, including state earnings-related pensions, prior to the creation of the Pensions Service; and of these, how many were based in

(a) Newcastle, (b) local offices and (c) at other sites. [102602]

Prior to the establishment of The Pension Service, the Department did not routinely capture information relating to staff numbers by benefit category.