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Departmental Manpower

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's (a) civilian and (b) military manpower capitation rates are. (289984)

A copy of the 2009-10 average yearly capitation rates for industrial and non-industrial civilian staff, members of the MOD Police Service, MOD Police and Guarding Agency and military personnel of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF has been placed in the Library of the House.

Capitation rates are used mainly for charging other Government departments, foreign governments and the private sector. Average capitation rates are not generally used for military ranks above colonel and equivalent as any calculations would be based on actual rates for greater accuracy.

The rates are an average of the attributable direct employment costs that include: salary and pay related elements national insurance contributions and superannuation charges and indirect administrative costs borne by the Department. The rates do not include individual allowances.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff there were in (a) his Department's predecessor in 1997 and (b) his Department on the latest date for which figures are available. (292060)

The following table shows how many staff there were in the Ministry of Defence on 1 April 1997 and 1 August 2009.

Thousands FTE1

1 April 1997

1 August 2009

Total personnel






Civil servants



1 Full-time Equivalent FTE is a measure of the size of the workforce that takes account of the fact that some people work part-time. Actual hours worked are used; the average hours worked by pan-timers is about 60 per cent. of full-time hours.

2 Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, Service strength statistics for 1 April 2007 onwards are provisional and subject to review.

Comparative data for the time periods between 1 April 1997 and the current data can be found at the following website: