Civil Servants

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil servants worked at (a) Prison Service headquarters, (b) Probation headquarters and (c) National Offender Management Service headquarters on 31 December 2004; what the estimated numbers are for 31 December 2005; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The new National Offender Management Service (NOMS) headquarters, alongside the National Probation Directorate and the Prison Service headquarters, is being redesigned. Comparable information on staff numbers across all three headquarters on 31 December 2004 is not available; but on 22 November 2004 there were 641 full-time equivalent posts in NOMS headquarters, 2,250 in Prison Service headquarters, and 305 in the National Probation Directorate. The number of civil servants within each total is not separately identified.

A proposal, including the allocation of staff to directorates, has been put forward to staff and trade unions for their comments.

The new headquarters is being planned for April 2005, and I will write to my hon. and learned Friend once the design of the new headquarters has been agreed.

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