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Government Departments: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in each (a) Government department, (b) executive agency and (c) non-departmental public body in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. (258593)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated February 2009:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in each (a) Government department, (b) executive agency and (c) non-departmental public body in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available, according to records held by (A) the Cabinet Office and (B) the Office for National Statistics. I am replying in her absence. (258593).

Estimates of employment for the home civil service from Q3 2004 onwards are taken from the Civil Service element of the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES). These are the official employment estimates used by both the Cabinet Office and the Office for National Statistics. Estimates prior to this date are based on results from the Civil Service Statistics publication (Mandate collection), undertaken by Cabinet Office.

The number of full-time equivalent staff employed by government departments and executive agencies in 1996-7 was published by Cabinet Office and is available on- line: http://www. civilservice.gov.uk/documents/pdf/stats/css97.pdf

The number of full-time equivalent staff employed by government departments and their executive agencies are published on a quarterly basis by the Office for National Statistics. The most recent data are for Quarter 3 2008 (Annex A).

Estimates of employment for individual non-departmental public bodies are not published by either Cabinet Office or the Office for National Statistics.

Annex A: Civil service employment by department, Q3 2008

All employees

Full-time equivalent

Attorney-General's Departments

Crown Prosecution Service

8,150

Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

50

Attorney-General's Office

40

Serious Fraud Office

310

Treasury Solicitor

790

Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office

340

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office excl agencies

1,220

Other Cabinet Office agencies

Central Office of Information

750

National School of Government

230

Parliamentary Counsel Office

70

HM Treasury

HM Treasury

1,180

Chancellor's other departments

Debt Management Office

80

Government Actuary’s Department

100

National Savings and Investments

150

Office of Government Commerce

250

OGC Buying Solutions

260

Royal Mint

800

UK Statistics Authority

UK Statistics Authority2, 3, 4

3,130

Charity Commission

Charity Commission

460

Communities and Local Government

Department for Communities and Local Government

2,760

Fire Service College

230

Ordnance Survey

1,380

Planning Inspectorate

770

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

50

Culture, Media and Sport

Department for Culture Media and Sport

460

Royal Parks

100

Defence

Ministry of Defence

67,370

Defence Support Group

3,250

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

3,390

Meteorological Office

1,790

UK Hydrographic Office

990

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

810

National Weights and Measures Laboratory

50

UK Intellectual Property Office

990

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Department for Children, Schools and Families

3,090

Ofsted

Ofsted

2,510

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

3,000

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

530

Central Science Laboratory

620

Government Decontamination Services

30

Marine Fisheries Agency

180

Ofwat

200

Rural Payments Agency

3,350

State Veterinary Service

1,560

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

1,170

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

140

Export Credits Guarantee Department

Export Credit Guarantee Department

200

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (excl. agencies)

5,800

Wilton Park Executive Agency

80

Health

Department of Health (excl. agencies)

2,210

Food Standards Agency

760

Meat Hygiene Service

1,090

Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

870

National Healthcare Purchasing and Supplies

260

NHS Business Services Authority

210

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs

81,120

Valuation Office

3,810

Home Office

Home Office (excl. agencies)

2,440

Criminal Records Bureau

510

Identity and Passport Service3

3,990

UK Border Agency

17,540

Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism

260

International Development

Department for International Development

1,590

Justice

Ministry of Justice (excl. agencies)

3,350

HM Courts Service

19,420

Land Registry

7,240

National Archives

590

Public Guardianship Office

320

Tribunals Service

2,750

Scotland Office

90

Wales Office

60

Public Sector Prison Service

49,800

Northern Ireland Office

Northern Ireland Office

120

Security and Intelligence Services

Security and Intelligence Services

5,270

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

3,510

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service

770

Companies House

1,080

Insolvency Service

2,440

Office of Fair Trading

590

Office of Gas and Electricity Market

300

Postal Services Commission

60

Transport

Department for Transport

2,030

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

6,260

Driving Standards Agency

2,570

Government Car and Despatch Agency

310

Highways Agency

3,470

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

1,110

Office of Rail Regulation

340

Vehicle Certification Agency

140

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

2,570

Work and Pensions

DWP Corporate and Shared Services

10,770

Child Support Agency

9,360

Job Centre Plus

66,980

Pensions and Disability Carers Service

15,800

The Health and Safety Executive

3,580

The Rent Service

490

Scottish Government

Scottish Government (excl. agencies)

4,780

Scottish Housing Regulator

60

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

1,620

Courts Group

30

Fisheries Research Services

310

General Register Scotland

290

HM Inspectorate of Education

200

Historic Scotland

960

National Archive for Scotland

160

Office of Accountant in Bankruptcy

120

Registers of Scotland

1,340

Scottish Court Service

1,300

Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency

300

Scottish Prison Service Headquarters

3,930

Scottish Public Pensions Agency

230

Social Work Inspection Agency

40

Student Awards Agency

140

Transport Scotland

280

Office for the Scottish Charity Regulator

50

Mental Health Tribunal Scotland

80

Welsh Assembly

Welsh Assembly Government

5,790

ESTYN

100

Total employment

487,490

1 Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10, and numbers less than five are represented by*.

2 The UK Statistics Authority (the Authority) was established on 1 April 2008, when the ‘Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007’ came into effect. One of the functions of the Authority is to oversee the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Office for National Statistics employees are now included within the UK Statistics Authority return and are not listed separately.

3 On 1 April 2008 employees of the General Register Office were transferred from the UK Statistics Authority to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS).

4 As of 1 April 2008, Field Interviewers are now classified as civil servants and are included as UK Statistics Authority employees.

Notes:

1. The Disability and Carers Service and the Pension Service are now called the Pension, Disability and Carers Service.

2. Communities Scotland, Scottish Agricultural Science Agency and Scottish Building Standards Agency were abolished on 1 April 2008. Staff moved into the Scottish Government.

3. Scottish Housing Regulator was set up on 1 April 2008.

Source:

Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey.