HC Deb 13 February 1978 vol 944 cc72-3W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what was the total number of civil servants in the administrative class for each year since 1945.

Mr. Charles R. Morris

The administrative class as such ceased to exist in 1970. Its former members at undersecretary level became part of the newly created open structure; those below that level became part of the Administration Group. The Administration Group also includes the former executive and clerical classes and certain departmental classes, and it is not, therefore, possible to give a completely consistent series over time. Machinery of Government changes also make comparisons over time difficult.

However, it is possible to produce broadly comparable sets of figures for the main classes which now form the Administration Group and the Social Security Group, together with those staff in the open structure posts where the work is predominantly administrative. These Figures for 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975, and 1977, are as follows:

1945 281,400
1955 208,400
1965 215,300
1975 280,300
1977 301,900

Details of Civil Service numbers, together with various special analyses, have since 1970 been published annually in Civil Service Statistics.