HC Deb 02 April 1985 vol 76 c558W
Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Lord Privy Seal how many people work in the Palace of Westminster; and if he will break this figure down into categories including secretaries and research assistants to Members of both Houses.

Mr. Biffen

The information requested is as follows:

Staff and Officers of
(i) House of Commons' Departments 931
(ii) House of Lords' Departments 315
Members' Private Staff:
House of Commons
(i) Secretaries 587
(ii) Research Assistants 459
House of Lords
(i) Secretaries 48
(ii) Research Assistants 34
Staff employed by Associated Agencies in the Palace of Westminster: 705

The figures include temporary staff.

These figures do not include Civil Servants who spend a proportion of their time working in the palace or journalists accredited to the Press Galleries.