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Civil Servants

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan) of 15 May 2006, Official Report, columns 701-2W, on the Northern Ireland Civil Service, which wards were included within Antrim Coast and Glens when calculating the number of Northern Ireland civil service vacancies. (74345)

The correct title for the parliamentary constituency in question is East Antrim constituency, not Antrim Coast and Glens as provisionally recommended by the Boundary Commission. The corresponding wards in East Antrim constituency, to which these figures previously supplied refer, are Killycrot and Central Ward.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil service posts, expressed as whole time equivalent staff-in-post plus vacancies, there were (a) in each Department and agency in Northern Ireland and (b) in total at 1 April; and if he will make a statement. (76558)

The number of civil service posts, expressed as whole time equivalent staff-in-post plus vacancies, in each of the 11 Northern Ireland Departments and the NIO, and their agencies at 1 April 2006 are as follows;

Number of civil service posts in Northern Ireland by Department as at 1 April 2006

Department

Department

Agencies

Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)

2,509

708

Enterprise, Training and Investment (DETI)

607

96

Education (DE)

688

n/a

Regional Development (DRD)

553

4,214

Environment (DOE)

253

2,758

Finance and Personnel (DFP)

1,825

1,098

Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

892

136

Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL)

220

255

Employment and Learning (DEL)

1,792

n/a

Social Development (DSD)

705

7,161

Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM)

416

n/a

Sub Total

10,460

16,426

Northern Ireland Office (NIO)

2,522

2,447

Grand Total

12,982

18,873

Notes: DARD Agencies: Forest Service and Rivers Agency. DETI Agencies figure refers to the NDPB Health and Safety Executive for NI which is staffed by civil servants. DRD Agencies: Roads Service and Water Service. DOE Agencies: Driver and Vehicle Licensing NI, Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency, Environment and Heritage Service and Planning Service. DFP Agencies: Land Registers for NI, NI Statistics and Research Agency, Rates Collection Agency and Valuation and Lands Agency. DHSSPS Agencies figure includes Health Estates (Agency), and the NDPB Mental Health Commission which is staffed by civil servants. DCAL Agencies: Ordnance Survey NI and Public Record Office NI. DSD figures include staff working on DWP services (Belfast Benefit Centre, and CSA Eastern Business Unit) which are fully funded by DWP. DSD Agencies: Child Support Agency and Social Security Agency, NIO figures include around 140 Home Civil Service Posts and all temporary staff as time did not allow detailed analysis to exclude HCS staff and temporary staff not blocking permanent posts. NIO “Department” includes NIO Core, Public Prosecution Service, and Police Service (Admin staff). The NIO Agencies are: NI Prison Service, Youth Justice Agency (Admin staff), Forensic Science for NI, and the Compensation Agency.