HC Deb 14 July 1992 vol 211 cc604-5W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many staff his Department currently employs; what are the total personnel costs; and if he will calculate the staffing level of the Social Security section of the former Department of Health and Social Security and the associated personnel costs, immediately before its separation.

Mr. Burt

The information is in the table:

DHSS 1988–89 £ million DSS 1991–92 £ million
Staff in Post 184,667 (March 1989) 78,277 (April 1992)
Personnel Costs 923.570 1,117.481


1. Included in personnel costs are salary costs of both permanent and casual staff, overtime as well as employers National Insurance costs.

2. The 1991 figures are the latest available as personnel costs for 1992–93 are not yet available.

3. The staff in post data is based on manual returns.

4. Separation of the Departments of Health and Social Security took place April 1989.

1 DSS staff only

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