HC Deb 01 December 1983 vol 49 c577W
Mr. Wrigglesworth

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the people removed from Civil Service manpower strengths since 1979 have been transferred to other parts of the public sector.

Mr. Hayhoe

The information requested has been published, in detail, on an annual basis, in the seventh and first special reports from the Treasury and Civil Service Committee, Sessions 1980–81 and 1981–82, respectively. The figures for 1982–83 are currently being collated, but, as I told the House in the course of the debate on the Civil Service on 28 October—[Vol. 47, c. 552]—some 2 per cent. of the reduction in manpower during the four years from 1979–80 to 1982–83 was achieved by hiving off to new or existing public bodies.

Mr. Wigley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table indicating the number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time civil servants employed in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively, at the latest available date; and how these figures compare with corresponding ones for 1978, 1973 and 1968.

Mr. Hayhoe

The information in the form requested is not held centrally, but the following may prove helpful.

The numbers of civil servants in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland—excluding the Northern Ireland civil services—at 1 July 1983 and 1 January 1978 are detailed in the following table, expressed as full-time equivalents, with part-time staff counted as half units.

1 January 1978 1 July 1983
England 609.4 526.8
Wales 40.7 36.8
Scotland 70.5 65.1
Northern Ireland 7.0 5.4

Figures on this basis for 1968 and 1973 are not available. The numbers of part-time non-industrial staff in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland at 1 July 1983 are 13,387, 870, 1,422 and 153, respectively. A similar breakdown for industrial staff would involve a disproportionate expenditure of time and resources.