To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff were employed in his Department on (a) 20 December 2018 and (b) 23 June 2016.
On 20 December 2018 the Department employed 1,589 civil servants. On 23 June 2016 the Department employed 1,974 civil servants.
Civil servants are defined as employees, fixed term appointments and loans into the Department. These figures do not include agency workers, contractors and consultants.