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Departmental Staff

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) special advisers, (b) press officers, (c) civil servants, (d) advisers to civil servants and (e) permanent staff were working for the Department in each year since 1996. [126477]

Information on the numbers of staff in civil service Departments and agencies is published in Table C of "Civil Service Statistics" which covers permanent staff numbers in each Department and agency from 1995 to 2002. Copies of the publication are laid in the Libraries of both Houses.The Department for Work and Pensions was created in June 2001 merging staff from the Department of Social Security and the Employment Service. Information in respect of the Department for Work and Pensions first becomes available in the October 2001 publication. Prior to this, information for the two former Departments is shown separately. Information on staffing in respect of the former Department of Social Security is in the publications from 1995 until April 2001. Information in respect of staffing in the former Employment Service is included with those of the Department for Education and Employment and is also included in publications from 1995 to 1 April 2001.The latest edition, based on April 2002 data was published on 24 July 2003. The figures include press officers.As at 16 July 2003, the Department employed two special advisers. The term advisers to civil servants is not recognised.