HC Deb 10 April 2003 vol 403 cc412-3W
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. [102992]

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