Departmental Manpower

Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the change has been in the number of employees in his Department and its agencies since July 2006.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice was created on 9 May 2007 bringing together the former Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and parts of the Home Office, namely the National Offender Management Service, which includes HM Prison Service and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

The following figures show the number of employees for the former Department for Constitutional Affairs for the period mentioned, and for the first year of the new Ministry of Justice. The machinery of government change creating the new Ministry brought together several organisations from the Home Office, contributing to the significant increase against those figures for the former DCA. The new organisations account for 99 per cent. of the overall increase in the number of staff, most of whom work for HM Prison Service. Staff within the Probation Service are paid through a number of different arrangements with local authorities and are not included in these figures.

Ministry of Justice: Staff numbers
F ull-time equivalents (FTEs)
Staff 2006 2007 2008
Former Department for Constitutional Affairs Permanent 24,069 24,567 24,594
Casual 498 710 1,074
Ministry of Justice Permanent HM Prison Service 47,626
Casual HM Prison Service 1,714
Permanent NOMS and OCJR 1,751
Casual NOMS and OCJR 303
Total 24,567 25,277 77,062
Increase 710 391

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