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.
The following figures give the number of lawyers employed in the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol), as at
|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.