As with all Government Bills, the Department has a central Bill team working full time on the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill. The team employs five permanent departmental officials at a cost of approximately £160,000 from the Bill's introduction in the House of Commons in January 2011, until August 2011 (the latest period for which figures are available). In addition, two permanent departmental officials have been working on Lords and stakeholder handling since May, at an approximate cost of £32,000 (until August 2011, the latest period for which figures are available).
In addition, officials from up to 20 policy teams have contributed to the work on the Bill, as part of their wider duties. For these officials, it is not possible to disentangle work directly related to the passage of the Bill from their wider policy development role.