To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development 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. 
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 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, is due to be published at the end of July 2003.DFID is not responsible for any agencies or for staff in non-departmental public bodies falling within its remit. DFID wholly owns CDC Group plc, but the company is completely autonomous and DFID has no role or responsibility for its staff matters.Staff costs information are published in DFID's (formerly ODA's) annual Departmental Reports.