§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed by(a) the Department for Work and Pensions or the Department for Social Security and (b) each executive agency in each year since 1997. 
§ Maria Eagle
Information is not available in the format requested prior to June 2001. Such information as is available is given in the table.
DSS/DWP 2001 2002 2003 Benefits Agency 63,718 — — Child Support Agency 9,921 10,869 11,209 Employment Service 32,198 — — Appeals Service 905 909 884 Jobcentre plus — 83,783 78,543 The Pension Service — 9,930 15,801 The Department for Work and Pensions 9,370 20,002 20,566 Total staff 116,112 125,493 127,003
Numbers are WTE (rounded) and are consistent with Cabinet Office definitions other than the inclusion of staff on paid maternity leave.
2. Numbers for 2001 and 2002 are point in time as at 30 June each year. Figures for 2003 are point in time as at 28 February 2003, the latest data available.
3. The increase in Department for Work and Pensions staffing in 2002 and 2003 is due to the inclusion of staff in Disability and Carers Service and Child Benefit Centre, previously counted as part of Benefits Agency