HC Deb 14 July 1992 vol 211 cc570-1W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff his Department currently employs; what are the total personnel costs; and what were the staffing levels and personnel costs in 1970.

Mr. Forman

The Department currently employs 2,723 civil servants. This figure includes 385 Her Majesty's inspectors of whom the majority together with their support staff will transfer to the office of Her Majesty's chief inspector—OHMCI—which is to be constituted as a separate non-ministerial department from 1 September. The figure also includes 323 civil servants based in the Teachers Pensions Agency. The total net running costs for the DFE and OHMCI for 1992–93 are expected to be in the region of £103 million.

On 1 July 1970 the Department employed 3,195 civil servants. The total net running costs for 1969–70 were £6,549,000.