HC Deb 15 April 1991 vol 189 c21W
Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants were employed in Greater London in 1980, 1985 and 1990; what is the projected number for 1995; and what is each figure as a percentage of the civil service as a whole.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

Available information for the Greater London area covers civil servants employed in the London pay area, an area within an 18 mile radius of Charing Cross. The information for the years 1980, 1985 and 1990, is shown in the table.

Number of staff employed in the London Pay Area1
Number in London Total Civil Service Percentage of Civil Service as a whole
1980 152,000 707,800 21.5
1985 126,600 619,600 20.4
1990 116,600 562,400 20.7

Source: "Civil Service Statistics".

1 Non-industrial and industrial civil servants, full time equivalent (part-time staff count as half units).

No central forecasts have been produced for civil service staff numbers in 1995, to obtain the relevant data would involve a servicewide exercise at disproportionate cost.