HC Deb 15 June 1981 vol 6 c272W
Mr. Latham

asked the Prime Minister whether she will set out in tabular form for each year since 1972 the number of staff in post in the Prime Minister's Office; and what was the annual cost of the office including provision for pensions and administrative overheads in each year, expressed at constant prices.

The Prime Minister

The full information requested is shown below from and including the financial year 1976–77. Before that date, however, comparable information on costs of the Prime Minister's Office was not identified separately in the accounting records and is not readily available.

Staff in post at 31 March Annual cost at 1980 prices (£000s)*
1978 627 9,647
1979 604 9,346
1980 559 8,563
1981 541 8,194
*Source: Civil Service Ready Reckoner for Staff Costs 1980 Edition.