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Departments: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by her Department in (a) April 2006 and (b) April 2007. (157669)

Staffing levels are measured as at the last day of each quarter. The Department for Communities and Local Government came into being on 5 May 2006. As at 31 March 2006 the predecessor Department, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, employed 2,348 full-time equivalent staff and at 31 March 2007 the Central Department for Communities and Local Government employed a total of 2,244 full-time equivalent staff. This does not include the Government Offices or the Department’s Agencies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were employed by her Department and its predecessor on 1 January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors. (158329)

Statistics on staffing levels are collected as at the last day of each quarter. The numbers of staff in the Central Department for Communities and Local Government, and its predecessor, Office of Deputy Prime Minister on 31 December of each year are shown in the following table. This does not include staff in the Government Offices or the Department’s Agencies.

FTE1

31 December

Permanent employees

Temporary staff

Total

2002

2,246

36

2,282

2003

2,350

77

2,427

2004

2,350

111

2,461

2005

2,317

77

2,394

2006

2,304

51

2,355

1 Full-time equivalent.

Figures exclude those on unpaid absence from the Department. Temporary staff are those employed on fixed term contracts. They do not include temporary staff from agencies, contractors or consultants.

Contractors are employed on a number of contracts throughout the Department. Contracts are monitored by cost and no records of contractor staffing levels are held centrally.