To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public sector employees there were in 1997; and how many there were at the latest date for which figures are available. 
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr Gray, dated 11 June 2003:
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question about how many public sector employees there were in 1997, and how many there were at the latest date for which figures are available. (118249)
The information requested is given in the table below.
|Total public sector||4,954||5,163|
Economic Trends, June 2002 issue, ONS
Full information on public sector employment is currently published once a year. Data for 2002 are expected to be published in the summer of 2003.