HC Deb 16 July 2001 vol 372 c62W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many(a) permanent and (b) casual staff there were in his Department on (i) 1 May 1997 and (ii) the most recent date for which figures are available. [4158]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed from the Department of Social Security, Employment Service and part of the Department for Education and Employment on 11 June 2001. The following staffing figures shown relate to the component parts of the new Department. The figures for 1 May 1997 include Contributions Agency, Family Credit Unit which have since moved from the Department and the Information Technology Services Agency.

At 1 May 1997 the Department of Social Security employed 97,625 permanent staff and 5,203 casuals. The figures for the Employment Service at that time were 32,248 permanent and 2,413 casual.

At 31 May 2001, the Department of Social Security employed 89,599 permanent staff and 2,290 casuals. The Employment Service employed 35,067 permanent staff and 1,863 casuals.