Central Government: Manpower

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 27th January 2009.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the Office for National Statistics' Public Sector Employment figures for (a) Q2 2008 and (b) Q3 2008, what increases in the employee headcount of which Government (a) Departments and (b) agencies account for the overall increase in central Government employment; and by how much the headcount increased in each case.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) (Third Sector)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated January 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, with reference to the Office for National Statistics' Public Sector Employment figures for (a) Q2 2008 and (b) Q3 2008, what increase in the employee headcount of which Government (a) departments and (b) agencies account for the overall increase in central government employment; and by how much the headcount increased in each case. (249905)

In Q2 2008, employment in central government increased by 10,000. This increase was driven by a growth in employment in the NHS (12,000 increase). In the same period, the number of employees in the Civil Service decreased by 3,000 (Annex A). A full breakdown of government department and agencies for Q2 2008 is presented in Annex B.

In Q3 2008, employment in central government increased by 15,000, primarily because of growth in employment in the NHS (21,000 increase). The number of employees in the Civil Service remained the same as the previous quarter (Annex A). A full breakdown of government departments and agencies for Q3 2008 is presented in Annex B.

Annex A: Public sector employment 2008, United Kingdom
Headcount, seasonally adjusted (Thousand)
Central Government( 1, 2. 3. 4) National health service( 1) Civil service( 3) Total public sector
Q1 2,480 1,507 525 5,737
Q2 2,490 1,519 522 5,750
Q3 2,505 1,540 522 5,764
(1) NHS based on projections.

(2) National probation service (England and Wales) re-classified from local government to central Government from April 2005.

(3) Magistrates Court Service transferred from local government to central Government (and civil service) from April 2005.

(4) Central Government includes all administrative departments of government, other central agencies and non-departmental public bodies. It also includes HM forces, the national health service and education academies.

Source:

(Unpublished) Public Sector Employment.

Annex B: Change in civil service employment Q2 and Q3 2008( 1) , Great Britain
Headcount, not seasonally adjusted
Change on quarter
Q2 2008 Q3 2008
Attorney-General's departments
Crown Prosecution Service 10 100
Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate 0 10
Attorney-General's Office -10 *
Serious Fraud Office 0 10
Treasury Solicitor 20 30
Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office 10 10
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office excluding agencies 30 -20
Other Cabinet Office agencies
Central Office of Information -70 20
National School of Government 10 20
Parliamentary Counsel Office * *
HM Treasury
HM Treasury -10 50
Chancellor's other departments
Debt Management Office 0 *
Government Actuary's Department * *
National Savings and Investments 0 10
Office of Government Commerce * *
OGC Buying Solutions 0 *
Office for National Statistics(2) -3,350
Royal Mint 50 0
UK Statistics Authority
UK Statistics Authority(2, 3, 4) 3,850 -30
Charity Commission
Charity Commission -10 *
Communities and Local Government
Department for Communities and Local Government -40 -60
Fire Service College 0 0
Ordnance Survey 0 20
Planning Inspectorate * 20
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre 0 *
Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture Media and Sport 10 -20
Royal Parks * 0
Defence
Ministry of Defence 700 -550
Defence Support Group -30 180
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory 30 30
Meteorological Office 30 30
UK Hydrographic Office -10 -10
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills 30 -60
National Weights and Measures Laboratory 0 *
UK Intellectual Property Office -20 10
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Department for Children, Schools and Families -120 *
Ofsted
Ofsted -60 120
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs -20 20
Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science 20 10
Central Science Laboratory 40 -40
Government Decontamination Services 0 0
Marine Fisheries Agency 0 10
Ofwat 10 0
Pesticides Safety Directorate(5) -180
Rural Payments Agency -70 60
State Veterinary Service -10 *
Veterinary Laboratories Agency -40 0
Veterinary Medicines Directorate * 0
Export Credits Guarantee Department
Export Credit Guarantee Department 0 -10
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (excluding agencies) -20 -10
Wilton Park Executive Agency * 0
Health
Department of Health (excluding agencies) * -10
Food Standards Agency -10 0
Meat Hygiene Service -90 -50
Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 10 *
National Healthcare Purchasing and Supplies * 0
NHS Business Services Authority -10 0
HM Revenue and Customs
HM Revenue and Customs -1,350 -1,380
Valuation Office -180 -40
Home Office
Home Office (excluding agencies) -150 -50
Assets Recovery Agency(6) -180 -
Criminal Records Bureau 0 -60
Identity and Passport Service(3) 680 -60
UK Border Agency -240 *
Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism 30 -40
International Development
Department for International Development -10 -10
Justice
Ministry of Justice (excluding agencies) -60 -260
HM Courts Service 270 30
Land Registry -10 -30
National Archives 20 -10
Public Guardianship Office -10 20
Tribunals Service -80 40
Scotland Office * 0
Wales Office 0 0
Public Sector Prison Service 110 270
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office 0 0
Security and Intelligence Services
Security and Intelligence Services 50 150
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 40 60
Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service 0 30
Companies House 30 -10
Insolvency Service 30 -40
Office of Fair Trading -20 10
Office of Gas and Electricity Market -20 20
Postal Services Commission 10 -10
Transport
Department for Transport 40 0
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 270 -70
Driving Standards Agency 40 10
Government Car and Despatch Agency * 10
Highways Agency 30 -20
Maritime and Coastguard Agency -30 -60
Office of Rail Regulation -10 -10
Vehicle Certification Agency * *
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency 40 50
Work and Pensions
DWP Corporate and Shared Services 90 1,130
Child Support Agency 10 -170
Job Centre Plus 80 450
Disability and Carers(7) -6,270
Pensions and Disability Carers Service(7) 6,340 -580
Health and Safety Executive 180 -50
Rent Service 0 -70
Scottish Government
Scottish Government (excluding agencies)(8) 400 40
Communities Scotland(8) -350
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 30 50
Courts Group * *
Fisheries Research Services 10 0
General Register Scotland 10 10
HM Inspectorate of Education 10 0
Historic Scotland 80 -110
National Archive for Scotland 10 -10
Office of Accountant in Bankruptcy 10 10
Registers of Scotland 50 0
Scottish Agricultural Scientific Agency(8) -150
Scottish Buildings Standards Agency(8) -30
Scottish Court Service 50 10
Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency 0 *
Scottish Prison Service Headquarters -20 0
Scottish Public Pensions Agency 10 *
Social Work Inspection Agency 0 0
Student Awards Agency 20 -10
Transport Scotland 20 20
Office for the Scottish Charity Regulator * 0
Mental Health Tribunal Scotland 0 *
Scottish Housing Regulator(9) 60 0
Welsh Assembly
Welsh Assembly Government -80 0
ESTYN 0 *
Total employment -800 -700
(1) Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10, and numbers less than five are represented by "*". Data not available is represented by "—".

(2) The UK Statistics Authority (the Authority) was established on 1 April 2008, when the 'Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007' came into effect. One of the functions of the Authority is to oversee the Office for National Statistics (ONS)—its Executive office. As such, one departmental return has been made for the Authority incorporating ONS.

(3) On 1 April 2008, employees of the General Register Office were transferred from the UK Statistics Authority to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS).

(4) As of 1 April 2008, field interviewers are now classified as civil servants and are included as UK Statistics Authority employees.

(5) On 1 April, the Pesticides Safety Directorate became an Executive agency of the Health and Safety Executive.

(6) As of 1 April 2008, the Assets Recovery Agency merged with the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

(7) The Disability and Carers Service and the Pension Service are now called the Pension, Disability and Carers Service.

(8) Communities Scotland, Scottish Agricultural Science Agency and Scottish Building Standards Agency were abolished on 1 April 2008. Staff moved into the Scottish Government.

(9) Scottish Housing Regulator was set-up on 1 April 2008.

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