HC Deb 09 December 1987 vol 124 cc157-8W
Mr. Tom Arnold

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the responsibilities of each of the deputy secretaries in his Department and the numbers and ranks of staff reporting to each.

Mr. MacGregor

Information on the five grade 2 posts, which include deputy secretary appointments, in my department and the number of staff reporting to them on 1 October 1987 is as follows:

Post No. of Staff
Deputy Secretary (Agricultural Commodities) 222.0
Deput) Secretary (Land and Resources) 781.5
Deputy Secretary (Fisheries and Food) 1065.5
Legal Adviser and Solicitor 68.0

Post No. of Staff
Director General of ADSAS and Regional
Organisation 6585.5

Details of their responsibilities prior to 1 October 1987 are set out in the "Civil Service Year Book 1987", which is available in the Library of the House. From I October the Director General of ADAS took over responsibility for the regional organisation, although the Deputy Secretary (Land and Resources) retains responsibility for liaison on policy issues with that command.

There are about 200 grades in my Department and a breakdown of staff in each grade by each of the grade 2 commands is not readily available. There are 24 grade 3 posts. For grades 4 in the open structure and below, the numbers by grade are given in Her Majesty's Treasury publication "Staff in Post: Civil Service: Departmental Totals by Sex: Non-Industrial Staff: Grade by Department Analysis on I April 1987", a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. Similar details are not available for industrial staff, of which there were 573.5 on 1 October 1987, mainly in the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service.

The figures exclude staff in establishments, finance and management services groups, the secretariat and vacant posts.

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