HL Deb 24 March 1982 vol 428 c1053WA
Baroness Macleod of Borve

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the total number of civil servants employed in all Government departments in each of the last five years.

Baroness Young

The number of Civil servants at 1st January each year is set out in the table below:

Year Staff in post
1978 738,000
1979 733,200
1980 707,600
1981 695,100
1982 674,400

Notes: The staff in post figures are full-time equivalents; part-timers are counted as half units.