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Departmental Staff

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were employed by his Department in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03. [1069691

The following number of staff were employed within the Northern Ireland Office and its Agencies and NDPBs, as at 1 January 2002:

Full-time equivalent numbers:

  • 1,390 Northern Ireland Civil Servants
  • 173 Home Civil Servants
  • 1,753 Prison Grades
  • 2 special advisers

Actual staff numbers:

  • 1,469 Northern Ireland Civil Servants
  • 184 Home Civil Servants
  • 1,753 Prison Grades
  • 2 special advisers

The following number of staff were employed within the Northern Ireland Office and its Agencies and NDPBs, as at 1 January 2003.

Full-time equivalent numbers:

  • 1,449 Northern Ireland Civil Servants
  • 174 Home Civil Servants
  • 1,764 Prison Grades
  • 1 special adviser

Actual staff numbers:

  • 1,525 Northern Ireland Civil Servants
  • 185 Home Civil Servants
  • 1,764 Prison Grades
  • 1 special adviser

Staffing figures for Civil Service Departments and Agencies are published twice yearly by press notice, copies of which are laid in the Libraries of both Houses. The latest information, for October 2002, was published in February this year. The figures are also made available via the world-wide web at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/statistics/document/pdf/staffing_03.pdf

Within the Northern Ireland Administration on 1 January 2002 and 1 January 2003 there were 9,026 and 9,848 staff (full time equivalents) respectively employed. This figures exclude staff employed in Agencies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies received paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are allocated; and what has been the cost to public funds in 2002. [106779]

In 2002, 25 staff employed by Northern Ireland Office, including its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, were allocated a total of 126 days paid leave to undertake union duties at a cost of £8,621.In 2002, 767 staff employed within the Northern Ireland Administration, including its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, were allocated a total of 11,777 days paid leave to undertake union duties at a cost of £961,256.