HC Deb 19 October 1945 vol 414 c1650W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many civil servants, permanent and temporary, there were in 1939, before the war; what was the peak number during the war; and what was the number at the latest available date.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

On 1st April, 1939, the number of whole-time non-industrial civil servants was 374,301; the peak number during the war was 692,578 on 1st July, 1943; and the number on 1st July, 1945 (the latest date for which figures are available) was 666,981, a decrease from the peak figure of 25,597. If part-timers are added on the basis of counting two part-timers as equivalent to one whole-timer, the figures are:—

1st April, 1939 399,599
1st July, 1943 730,625
1st July, 1945 715,346