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Departmental Manpower

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers are employed in each salary band in his Office; (180473)

(2) how many appointments of (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in each salary band have been made to his Office in each month since 27 June 2007.

As of 1 April 2007, the number of full-time equivalent civil servants by salary band in the Cabinet Office is as follows:

Band

Total

SCS

223.56

A

350.64

B2

383.23

B1

296.41

C

224.13

Ungraded

1.2

Total

1,479.17

Between 1 April and 30 December, the size of the Department has reduced from 1,479 to 1,340.

On numbers of appointments, the Department generally has a high level of turnover compared to other Government Departments, because there are significant numbers of staff on fixed term appointments, on loan from other Government Departments or on secondment from external organisations, bringing in people with relevant skills/expertise to work on current priorities. There were 476 appointments in 2006-07.

The number of full-time equivalent civil servants in each band, appointed to the Cabinet Office each month since 27 June 2007 is as follows:

Start month

Band

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

SCS

4

4.83

1

1

4

3.59

0

18.42

A

3

9.58

9

5.78

13

7

5

52.36

B2

1

9

5

11

6

6

2

40

B1

1

12

3

5

6

4

4.83

35.83

C

0

3

1

4

8

10

3

29

Total

9

38.41

19

26.78

37

30.59

14.83

175.61

Since 2003, the Government have published details on special adviser names, numbers and costs in an annual written ministerial statement. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, 147-50WS.