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Civil Servants: Manpower

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed by (a) local government, (b) central government, (c) public corporations and (d) the Civil Service in (i) 1996 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available. (312186)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2010:

The Director General for the Office for National Statistics has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many people were employed by (a) local government, (b) central government, (c) public corporations and (d) the Civil Service in (i) 1996 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available. I am replying in his absence. (312186)

Estimates of employment for the public sector are taken from the ONS release on Public Sector Employment at

www.statistics.gov.uk

Data for the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES) is collected on a quarterly basis; the latest date for which information is available is September 2009 (Annex A).

Annex A: Employment in (a) local government, (b) central government, (c) public corporations and (d) the Civil Service in (i) 1996 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available

United Kingdom; Headcount (thousands); Not seasonally adjusted

Local Government

Central Government1

Public Corporations2

Civil Service1

1996

2,737

2,144

394

538

2009 Q3

2,901

2,596

565

533

1 Home Civil Service (excludes Northern Ireland Civil Service which is included in Central Government).

2 Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Lloyds Banking Group classified to public sector from 13 October 2008.

Source:

Office for National Statistics