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Public Service Employment

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much and what percentage the (a) number of people employed in and (b) productivity of Government Departments has changed since 1997. (80775)

Data on public employment sector employment levels since 1997 can be found in the National Statistics quarterly publication “Public Sector Employment First Release”, published on the ONS website. The latest release can be found at the following web address: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/pse0406.pdf. Data on departmental work forces are currently published on the Cabinet Office website. The latest release can be found at the following web address:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/employment/index.asp.

Data are not held on a measure of the productivity of Government Departments. ONS’s UK Centre for the Measurement of Government Activity publishes analyses in a regular series of Public Service Productivity articles which present and discuss estimates of the productivity performance of the key public services. These can be found at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/data/methodology/specific/PublicSector/output/default.asp.

At the same time, in the 2004 Spending Review Departments were set challenging targets for achieving annual efficiency gains totalling over £20 billion by March 2008. In the 2006 Budget the Chancellor announced that the Government had achieved provisional annual efficiency gains of £6.4 billion by December 2005, before the first year of the efficiency programme had been completed.