Treasury Solicitor's Department

Attorney-General written question – answered on 16th June 2014.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Attorney-General how many lawyers were employed in the Treasury Solicitor's Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 to date.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

The following figures give the number of lawyers employed in the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol), as at 31 March each year and to date for 2014.

  Full-time equivalent
31 May 2014 910
31 March 2013 572
31 March 2012 565
31 March 2011 464
31 March 2010 451

The figures given are for permanent staff.

Since 2010 TSol has been engaged on a process of transferring lawyers from other departments to TSol as part of the Shared Legal Services Programme. Sharing legal services brings considerable benefits including greater flexibility and resilience, more efficient deployment of legal resources, more opportunities for savings and improved knowledge sharing, which in turn supports consistency of legal advice across Government.

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