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Women and Equalities written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the Government Equalities Office's staffing levels were in May (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013; and what these levels will be at the end of the current Spending Review period.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

In May 2010 the Government Equalities Office was a separate Department. It was subsequently moved into the Home Office, where corporate services were largely provided for the GEO by the Home Office, and most recently into DCMS where all corporate services for GEO will be provided by DCMS. It is not possible to provide precise like for like figures, but the figures provided as follows show the overall staffing levels devoted to delivering GEO objectives:

(a)May 2010: 123 staff, including 16 working in the Women's National Commission and an estimated 27 providing corporate services;

(b) May 2011: 111 staff, including an estimated 20 providing corporate services

(c) May 2012: 120 staff, including an estimated 15 providing corporate services

(d)May 2013: 97 staff, including an estimated 9 providing corporate services

Planned staffing levels at the end of the Spending Review period are a core GEO policy team of 50 policy staff with corporate and accountability services being provided by DCMS. The level of corporate and accountability resource to be devoted to GEO is difficult to estimate but on current plans would be in the region of 15-20 people. This includes a significantly wider range of services than the corporate service figures provided for earlier years.

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