§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many(a) full-time doctors and (b) fee-paid part-time doctors are employed by his Department; and what is the cost to his Department in each case of (i) the salaries or fees payable and (ii) the cost of administration. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table: 289W
Location Number of full time doctors Number of fee paid part-time doctors Salaries (£ million) Fees (£ million) DSS Headquarters 13 0 0.20 0 Benefits Agency 278 1,337 3.48 5.44 War Pensions Agency 37 20 0.50 0.07 Totals 328 1,357 4.18 5.51
1. Salaries and fees are for the period April to June 1996, and include National Insurance contributions, superannuation, etc.
2. Fee paid doctors are not employees, but independent contractors.
3. Figures are provisional and subject to amendment.