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Regional Government: Manpower

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by each regional Government office in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006. (127048)

The number of permanent, fixed term and casual staff working for each Government office for the regions, including those temporarily away from the office on secondment, loan, maternity leave, career break and special leave without pay, in March of each year, was as follows. Full-time equivalent (FTE) figures are not available for 1997:

March 1997March 2006

Headcount

FTE

Headcount

FTE

GO East

182

278

267.4

GO East Midlands

234

280

270.0

GO London

274

313

307.6

GO North East

284

317

302.5

GO North West1

428

372

357.2

GO South East

224

319

299.3

GO South West

139

325

309.2

GO West Midlands

336

301

286.7

GO Yorkshire and Humber

288

294

280.7

Total GO network

2,389

2,799

2,680.6

1 For 1997 figures include staff in Government office for Merseyside, which was merged with GO North West on 1 April 1998.

Since March 2006, the total number of staff has fallen to 2,450 (2,353 FTE) in February 2007 and is expected to fall to about 200 by December 2008.

In 1997 the Government office network represented the interests of four Whitehall Departments. Today the network delivers on behalf of 10 Departments.