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Staff Costs

Volume 408: debated on Friday 11 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff the Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which the Department is responsible had in each year since 1997; and what the cost of those staff was in each of those years. [122254]

Data on staffing levels in the civil service are collected from departments and agencies twice-yearly, in April and October. Headline figures are published under National Statistics guidelines via a press notice. Those for October 2002 were published on 27 February 2003.A copy of the press notice, accompanying media brief and supporting tables is available on the World Wide Web at www.civil-service.gov.uk/statistics. Copies of these documents are also placed in the Libraries of both Houses.More detailed information on the civil service is published annually in "Civil Service Statistics", copies of which are laid in the Libraries of both Houses. The last edition, based on April 2001 data, was published in June 2002. The next edition, based on April 2002 data, is due to be published at the end of July 2003.

Data on staffing levels in non-departmental public bodies are published by the Cabinet Office in its annual publication "Public Bodies". The information contains details of the numbers of staff employed by each NDPB at 31 March each year. Copies of "Public Bodies" published each year since 1997 are available in the Libraries of both Houses.

Information on staff costs for the Department and its agencies is published annually in the DWP

Staffing costs for non-departmental public bodies for which the Department of Work and Pensions is responsible

£ millions

1997–98

1998–99

1999–2000

2000–01

2001–02

Health and Safety Commission/Executive118.0119.9124.7130.6136.7
Remploy Ltd.130.2132.4134.6138.8137.6
Disability Rights Commission2.64.2
Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (OPRA)n/a4.04.75.46.1
Pensions Ombudsman/Occupational Pensions Boardn/a0.80.90.91.0

Notes:

Costs are in £ million rounded.

Disability Rights Commission was formed in April 2000.

Information on staff costs in respect of OPRA, the Pensions Ombudsman and the Occupational Pensions Board is not available prior to 1998–99.