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Gerson Report

Volume 447: debated on Friday 16 June 2006

To ask the Solicitor-General how many civil servants were employed in the Law Officers’ Departments before the Gershon Report; what net reductions are proposed in the Gershon Report; how many reductions have been made; and how many civil servants are expected to be employed in the Law Officers’ Departments in the Gershon target month of April 2008. (74288)

It is unclear whether the hon. Member includes in his request the CPS. The information requested on the numbers of civil servants employed in the Law Officers’ Departments is given in the following table which includes the CPS:


Numbers employed before the Gershon Report

Net reduction proposed in the Gershon Report

Reductions already made

Number expected to be employed in April 2008

Crown Prosecution Service





Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

Established 18 May 20051

Serious Fraud Office





Treasury Solicitor's Office (including Attorney-General’s Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate)





RCPO replaced the former Customs and Excise Prosecutions Office which was required to reduce 10 posts. It achieved this through natural wastage in 2004-051

SFO staff numbers have risen to 330 employees to date in accordance with staffing plans agreed in Spending Review 2004. There was no headcount target for April 20082.

The increase in CPS staff reflects agreed additional resources to improve performance by delivering the new statutory charging scheme, the No Witness, No Justice initiative, by recovering more criminal assets and extending the use of CPS advocates in the Crown and magistrates courts.

TSol continues to recruit staff as business demand continues to grow but the introduction of efficiencies ensures that the growth in headcount is lower than the growth in business.