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Departmental Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment there were in her Department in each month since May 2005. (199630)

Our workforce statistics are compiled quarterly and published by the Office for National Statistics. They are based on numbers of employees rather than posts, and do not reflect vacancy information.

The latest available figures are for 31 December 2007 and show that there were 5,280 permanent civil servants and 70 temporary employees in the Department for Communities and Local Government. The figures are on the full-time equivalent basis and are rounded to the nearest 10.

Historical records are available from the recently launched UK Statistics Authority website:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ReleaseCalendar/fundreleases.asp?releasetitle=Public+Sector+Employment&releaseorganisation=42&releasetheme=&daterange=3&sday=18&smonth=03&syear=2008&ShowHits=10&SortOrder=0&ShowYear=2008.

These figures will exclude temporary agency workers who are not employed directly by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Non-civil service permanent posts include special advisers. The Prime Minister gave details of special advisers to the House on 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 147WS.