§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what is (a) the total figure for United Kingdom public sector employment, (b) the figure for each principal Government Department and (c) the estimate for (a) and (b) for 1984;
(2) what percentage of the total employed labour force was represented by the public sector in mid-1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
The latest available figures for public sector employment are as follows:
Estimates for 1984 are not available.
Mid-year Public Sector employment(000) Percentage of total employed labour force† 1979 7,417 29.3 1980 7,356 29.2 1981 7,154 29.6 1982 6,992 29.4 1983* 6,895 29.3 * Provisional. †Source: Department of Employment Gazette, November 1983, Supplementary series.
The number of employed in principal Government Departments at 1 October 1983 is shown in the following table. I gave manpower plans for the years 1984 to 1988 making allowance for productivity gains, privatisation, hiving off and the contracting out of services on 17 November in answer to my hon. Friend the member for Exeter (Vol. 48, c. 554 to 558).366W
Departments (grouped by Ministerial responsibilities) Total Staff (full-time equivalents)* Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 11,844 Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce 615 Cabinet Office 504 Management and Personnel Office (including Parliamentary Counsel) 1,196 Chancellor of the Exchequer Treasury 2,382 Customs and Excise 25,251 Inland Revenue 71,450 National Savings, Department for 7,968 Civil Service Catering Organisation 1,348 Government Actuary 61 Information, Central Office of 966 National Investment and Loans Office 53 Registry of Friendly Societies 116 Royal Mint 1,011 Her Majesty's Stationery Office 3,904 Defence Defence, Ministry of 186,153 Royal Ordnance Factories 18,417 Education and Science Education and Science, Department of 2,367 Victoria and Albert Museum 629 Science Museum 483 Employment Employment, Department of 30,953 Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service 653 Health and Safety Commission/Executive 3,592 Manpower Services Commission 23,509 Energy, Department of 1,091 Environment DOE (excluding PSA) 7,756 PSA (excluding Supplies Division) 25,934 PSA (Supplies Division) 1,953 Ordnance Survey 2,830 Foreign and Commonwealth FCO 9,249 Overseas Development Administration 1,761 Home Home Office 35,199 Lord Chancellor Lord Chancellor's Department (including Public Trustee Office) 10,151 Land Registry 6,572 Public Record Office 398 Northern Ireland Office 189 Paymaster General's Office 853 Scotland Scottish Office 10,194 Scottish Courts Administration 874 General Register Office, Scotland 275 Registers of Scotland 678 Scottish Record Office 126 Social Services Health and Social Security, Department of 90,142 Office of Population Censuses and Surveys 2,100 Trade and Industry Trade and Industry, Department of 12,956 Export Credits Guarantee Department 1,806 Office of Fair Trading 313
Departments (grouped by Ministerial responsibilities) Total Staff (full-time equivalents)* Transport, Department of 14,179 Wales Welsh Office 2,177 Other Civil Departments Charity Commission 332 Crown Estate Office 107 Crown Office (Scotland) and Procurator Fiscal Service 943 Director of Public Prosecutions 223 Law Officers' Department 20 Lord Advocate's Department 21 Office of Arts and Libraries 44 Privy Council Office 31 Treasury Solicitor 447 TOTAL ALL DEPARTMENTS 636,349 *Part-time working more than 10 hours—counted as half units.