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Public Sector: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 468W, on central government: manpower, which public sector bodies which were classified as central government for the purpose of employee headcounts were not included within the Civil Service as of (a) April 1997 and (b) the most recent date for which data are available. (257012)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning which public sector bodies were classified as central government for the purpose of employee headcounts, but were not included within the Civil Service as of (a) April 1997 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

Detailed information about the public bodies surveyed as part of the 1997 data collection which were classified as central government for the purpose of employee headcounts, but not included within the Civil Service is not available.

The most recent date for which estimates are available is September 2008. A full breakdown of public sector bodies not included within the Civil Service employee headcount is attached at Annex A.

Annex A

Public Sector Bodies classified as Central Government (for the purpose of employee headcount) but not included within Civil Service.

September 2008

HM Forces

National Health Service—Scotland

National Health Service—Wales

National Health Service—England

Police—England and Wales

Central Government—Northern Ireland

Probation Service England and Wales

Other Central Government:

Academy of St. Francis of Assisi

ADT College

Advantage—West Midlands

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Arts Council of England (including all English Regional offices of The Arts Boards)

Bacon College

Bank of England

Barrow Green Court

Bexley Business Academy Ltd

Big Lottery Fund (formerly New Opportunities Fund)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Bord Gaidhlig Naa H-Alba (The Gaelic Development Agency)

Botanies Trading Company Ltd

BPEX

BRB (Residuary) Limited

Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology

British Broadcasting Corporation including BBC Resources Ltd

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA)

British Film institute

British Film institute (Big Screen) Ltd including Connoisseur Video Ltd

British Museum

British Potato Council

Brooke Weston Technology College

Bwrdd Yr iaith Gymraeg

Capital City Academy Trust

Care Council for Wales

Careers Scotland

Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Children's Commissioner for Wales

Churches Conservation Trust

City Technology College Kinghurst

Coal Authority

Commission for Architecture and The Built Environment (GSCC)

Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Commission for Local Administration in Wales

Commission for Local Administration England

Commission for Rural Communities

Commission for Social Care inspection

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Community Development Foundation

Competition Commission

Competition Service

Construction Industry Training Board

Consumer Council for Postal Services

Consumer Council for Water

Countryside Council for Wales

Criminal Cases Review Commission

Crofters Commission

Deer Commission for Scotland

Diplomatic Service

Dixon City Academy

Djanogly City Academy Nottingham

East Midlands Development Agency

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

East of England Development Agency (EEDA)

EBLEX Ltd

Economic and Social Research Council

Electoral Commission

Emmanuel College

Engineering Construction industry Training Board

English Heritage

English Partnerships

Film Council Ltd

Food from Britain

Football Licensing Authority

Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Gas and Electricity Consumer Council

Geffrye Museum Trust Limited

General Social Care Council (GSCC)

Grace Academy

Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

Greig City Academy

Haberdashers Askes Hatcham College

Harris Academy Merton

Harris City Technology College

Healthcare Commission

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Highland RFC Association

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (including all Regions)

Home-Grown Cereals Authority

Horserace Betting Levy Board

House of Commons (Staff)

Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority

Imperial War Museum

Independent Housing Ombudsman

Independent Living Funds

Independent Police Complaints Commission

Independent Safeguarding Authority

Investors in People UK

John Cabot City Technology College

John Madejski Academy

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Kings Academy

Landau Forte College

Learning and Skills Council

Learning and Teaching Scotland

Legal Services Commission

Leigh City Technical College

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

Local Boundary Commission for Scotland

Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales

London 2012 Ltd

London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

Macmillan City Technical College

Medical Research Council

Mossbourne Academy

National Army Museum

National Audit Office

National Biological Standards Board

National College for School Leadership

National Consumer Council including Ltd

National Endowment for Science Technology and The Arts

National Forest Company

National Galleries of Scotland

National Gallery

National Heritage Memorial Fund

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education

National Library of Scotland

National Lottery Commission

National Museums and Galleries of Wales

National Museums Liverpool

National Museums of Scotland

National Policing Improvement Agency

National Portrait Gallery

Natural England

New Assembly Parliamentary Service

NMSI Trading Ltd

North Liverpool Academy

North West Development Agency

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Office of The Immigration Services Commissioner

Office of The information Commissioner

Olympic Delivery Authority

One Northeast

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

Partnership for Schools

Passenger Focus

Pensions Regulator

Petchey Academy

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Public Lending Right

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

RBG Kew Enterprises Ltd

Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for East Anglia

Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for The New England and Isle of Man

Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Greater London

Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Wales

Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Yorkshire and the Humber

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Royal Household

Royal Marines Museum

Royal Naval Museum

Royal Naval Submarine Museum

S4C Masnachol Cyf including S4C Rhyngwladol Cyf, S4C2 and The Nursery Channel

Scottish Children’s Reporter Admin

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Funding Councils for Further and Higher Education

Scottish Legal Aid Board

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Parliament Corporate Body

Scottish Police Services Authority

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Scottish Social Services Council

Sea Fish industry Authority

Sector Skills Development Agency

Security Industry Authority

Serious Organised Crime Agency

Sir John Soane’s Museum

South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

South West of England Regional Development Agency

sportscotland

St. Paul’s Academy

Stockley Academy

Student Loans Company Limited

Teacher Training Agency

Technology Strategy Board

The Academy At Peckham

The Arts Council of Wales Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

The Board of Science Museum

The British Library

The City Academy Bristol

The City of London Academy

The Design Council

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The English Sports Council including The English Sports Council

The Environment Agency (including all Regional Divisions)

The Forestry Commission including Forest Enterprise and Forest Research

The Gambling Commission

The Horniman Public Museum and Public Park Trust

The Housing Corporation

The London Academy

The Museums Libraries and Archives Council

The Natural Environment Research Council

The Natural History Museum (including The Natural History Museum Trading Co Ltd)

The Parole Board

The Royal Air Force Museum

The Royal Armouries

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Commission On The Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

The Scottish Arts Council

The Scottish Commission for The Regulation of Care

The Skills Development Scotland

The Sports Council for Wales

The Standards Board for England

The Standards Commission for Scotland

The United Kingdom Sports Council

The Wallace Collection

The Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland

The Wessex Reserve forces and Cadets Association

Thomas Telford School

Tourism Quality Services Ltd

Trinity Academy

Trustees for National Maritime Museum including National Maritime Museum Enterprises Ltd

Trustees of the Tate Gallery

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

United Learning Trust Academies

Unity City Academy Trust

V and A Enterprises Ltd

Valuation Tribunal Service

Victoria and Albert Museum

VisitBritain

VisitScotland

Walsall City Academy Trust Ltd

Welsh Fourth Channel Authority

West London Academy Ltd

West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadet Association

West Northamptonshire Development Corporations

Westminster Academy

Yorkshire Forward

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 468-73W, on central government: manpower, what changes have been made to the methodology for calculating the Civil Service headcount since May 1997. (257013)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question concerning what changes have been made to the methodology for calculating the Civil Service headcount since May 1997.

Estimates for the home civil service from Q3 2004 onwards are taken from the Civil Service element of the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES). Estimates prior to this date are based on results from the Civil Service Statistics publication (Mandate collection) available for 1 April and 1 October. A quarterly path back to 1991 was estimated by Office for National Statistics (ONS) using standard procedures.

In 2005, ONS, in collaboration with other departments and the devolved administrations, implemented major improvements to public sector employment estimates. Standard definitions for public sector employment across all departmental statistics were agreed and a single definitive set of quarterly public sector employment estimates introduced.

The following are changes in definition that were implemented as part of the transition to QPSES. To maintain consistency with Cabinet Office no revisions were made to previously published statistics.

Self-employed, contract workers and agency temporary workers should be excluded from estimates.

Workers who only work part of the year (for example, those on casual or annualised hours contracts) should be counted at the time they are being paid for — if they are not working but are still being paid they should be included. If they are not working and not being paid at the reference point they should be excluded from the statistics.

Employees on different types of leave should be treated in the following way in headcounts:

All those on paid maternity leave should be included.

All those on paid sick leave (being paid either in full or part) should be included.

All those on paid special leave should be included.

Those employees on short-term unpaid leave should be included if they are on leave for a period for less than their pay period — they should be included even if they are absent on the reference date. If they are off for a period longer than their pay period then they should be excluded (for example, someone on a career break).

Unemployed people aged 16-24, by region Quarter 3 1997 to 2006; all calendar quarters from quarter 4 2006 to quarter 4 2008 United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

North East

North West

Yorkshire and Humberside

East Midlands

West Midlands

Eastern

London

1997

Q3

39

93

60

42

74

54

118

1998

Q3

34

87

67

44

61

46

105

1999

Q3

44

84

56

53

65

46

85

2000

Q3

45

74

61

44

63

35

99

2001

Q3

29

74

49

40

59

54

99

2002

Q3

28

69

63

40

73

47

97

2003

Q3

39

80

52

43

74

46

105

2004

Q3

36

76

60

40

80

48

118

2005

Q3

44

78

64

42

63

49

117

2006

Q3

42

96

81

62

86

59

122

2006

Q4

29

81

71

59

72

49

99

2007

Q1

33

78

67

61

68

51

93

2007

Q2

37

78

60

49

72

51

96

2007

Q3

40

106

68

66

85

72

104

2007

Q4

29

87

64

51

54

48

100

2008

Q1

30

82

52

56

64

54

95

2008

Q2

36

85

72

57

64

58

96

2008

Q3

50

120

95

69

82

63

116

2008

Q4

***42

**112

***72

***50

**80

***63

**110

Thousand

South East

South West

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Total

1997

Q3

74

40

38

69

23

724

1998

Q3

74

47

43

72

19

690

1999

Q3

64

37

36

63

1

651

2000

Q3

58

38

39

64

1

631

2001

Q3

64

39

32

69

20

620

2002

Q3

74

41

30

72

17

6-19

2003

Q3

75

36

34

70

1

669

2004

Q3

68

40

36

62

1

681

2005

Q3

01

46

37

66

1

701

2006

Q3

88

49

38

60

1

797

2006

Q4

72

45

39

50

1

676

2007

Q1

73

51

33

51

1

669

2007

Q2

75

39

42

62

1

675

2007

Q3

98

53

38

60

1

806

2007

Q4

92

34

30

57

1

663

2008

Q1

70

40

28

56

1

642

2008

Q2

76

35

29

54

1

676

2008

Q3

96

52

49

55

1

864

20082

Q4

**92

***48

***49

***55

****

*793

1 Sample size too small for reliable estimate.

2 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below:

Guide to Quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV — for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

KeyCoefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical robustness

* 0 = CV <5 Estimates are considered precise.

** 5 = CV <10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise.

*** 10 = CV <20 Estimates are considered acceptable.

**** CV = 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes and have not been provided.

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc).

Source:

Labour Force Survey (LFS)