§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the distribution of his Department's wholetime equivalent staff was, including the staff in agencies and other bodies reporting to him, in each Government office region and nation of the UK(a) in 1996 and (b) at the most recent available period. 
§ Mr. McCartney
I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office on 15 January 2003,Official Report, column 609W.