§ Mr. Dorrell
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time equivalent employees of the Government Office of the East Midlands there have been since the establishment of its structure. 
§ Phil Hope
The table below sets out the number of full-time equivalent employees of the Government Office for East Midlands at annual intervals since May 2000:
Date Number of full-time equivalent employees May 2000 213.5 March 2001 (nearest available figures) 204.2 May 2002 209.6 May 2003 240.4 May 2004 298.7
Figures prior to 2000 could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
The increase in the number of full-time equivalent employees reflects th! fact that since 2000, staff from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and the Home Office have joined the Government Office. The increased numbers between 2003 and 2004 reflect, in particular, growth in the Community Cohesion, Crime Reduction and Sustainable Communities teams.