asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many economists were in post in the Government Economic Service at the latest available date; and if he will give a breakdown by departments.
§ Mr. Channon
The information in respect of central Government Departments is set out in the following table:
Staff in post* in the Government Economic Service† at 1 July 1980. Department Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food 24 Department of Employment Group 39 Department of Energy 20 Department of the Environment 65 Office of Fair Trading 11 Department of Health and Social Security 19 Department of Industry 43 Foreign and Commonwealth Office 11 Overseas Development Adminstration 37 Scottish Office 26 Treasury 65 Other Departments 24 Total 384
Note * The staff-in-post figures are provisional and are expressed as full-time equivalents.
† Government Economic Service includes staff in economic posts at open structure levels but excludes some members of the economist group who are not currently engaged on economic work.