HC Deb 05 March 2003 vol 400 c1062W
Mr. Laws

To ask the President of the Council for what reasons there was a change in staffing of the Privy Council Office between 1998–99 and 2002–03; and if he will make a statement. [99889]

Mr. Robin Cook

The following Privy Council Office staffing figures are taken from the civil service staff in post statistics published by the Cabinet Office (http:// civil-service.gov.uk/statistics/publications/htm) and the additional information requested is provided in the following table:

Privy Council Office (PCO) staffing
Date of published figures Number of full-time equivalent permanent staff1 Commentary
April 1999 30
April 2000 30 Lord Privy Seal's Office transferred to Cabinet Office. Parliamentary Secretary and staff appointed.
April 2001 402 Additional staff appointed to support Ministers; manage new accommodation; strengthen corporate services so as to manage central initiatives; and administer Judicial Committee's devolution and human rights jurisdictions.
April 2002 40
1These figures exclude casual and temporary staff.
2This figures includes staff increases authorised in the previous financial year, which were initially covered by casual and temporary staff.