HC Deb 06 December 1979 vol 975 c279W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will publish figures showing the total number of civil servants employed in each year since 1960, together with the main departmental totals.

Mr. Channon

The number of civil servants in post, analysed by Department, and at 1 January for each of the years 1969 to 1979, is published in "Civil Service Statistics 1979" (table 2). Figures for each of the years 1965 to 1968 are shown in "Civil Service Statistics 1975". Copies are available in the Library. For 1960 to 1964, the number of civil servants in post at 1 January in each year was as follows:

1960 656,400
1961 654,800
1962 662,400
1963 670,900
1964 672,200

There have been numerous organisational changes in the Civil Service since 1960 and consistent series of figures for individual Departments could not be derived without disproportionate cost.