HC Deb 25 March 1998 vol 309 cc208-9W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each of the nations and regions of the United Kingdom and for the UK as a whole in(a) 1970, (b) 1979, (c) 1989 and (d) the last available two years, the amount paid out in (i) Civil Service salaries, (ii) all other running costs of the Civil Service and (iii) the total of (a) and (b) expressed in current prices. [34870]

Mr. Darling

The running costs and paybill of the civil service are shown in the table.

£ billion
1989–90 1995–96 1996–97
Civil Service running costs
(cash)1 9.707 14.345 14.331
(constant prices)2 13.188 15.164 14.718
Civil Service paybill
(cash)3 9.0 11 10.9
(constant prices)2 12.2 11.6 11.2
1This covers the gross expenditure on civil departments' running cost net of VAT on contracted out services. It does not include the administrative expenditure of the Ministry of Defence which falls outside the central government running costs regime. Wholly consistent running costs figures are only available from 1992–93.
2Uses the adjusted GDP deflator at market prices to convert to constant (1997–98) prices.
3This covers the pay costs, national insurance and superannuation charges of civil servants and others (including casual staff) covered by running costs, and the civil servants employed by the Ministry of Defence.

Civil Service running costs were not measured separately in this way until 1985. Figures relating to prior years are therefore unavailable.

Running costs and Civil Service paybill figures for each of the nations and regions of the UK are not collected.