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Departmental Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment in his Department there were in each month since May 2005. (199536)

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published civil service employment statistics, broken down by Department, in the Public Sector Employment First Release every quarter since January 2006. Prior to January 2006 the Cabinet Office published civil service employment statistics annually.

The following table sets out the Cabinet Office figures for permanent UK civil servants and permanent UK non-civil servants employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2005 and the corresponding ONS figures for each quarter since January 2006.

Permanent civil servants

Permanent non-civil servants

December 2007

6,090

10

September 2007

6,120

9

June 2007

6,170

11

March 2007

6,110

10

December 2006

6,130

10

September 2006

6,190

10

June 2006

6,240

6

March 2006

6,290

6

September 2005

6,000

4

Individual business managers are responsible for employing agency and temporary workers. The FCO does not hold central records of their employment.