Attorney General: Civil Servants

Attorney General written question – answered on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of full time equivalent civil service staff employed in the Attorney General‘s Office was in each financial year between 2010-11 and 2021-22.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of full time equivalent civil service staff employed by the (a) Government Legal Department and (b)Treasury Solicitor’s Office was in each financial year between 2010-11 and 2021-22.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk The Solicitor-General

The average number of whole-time equivalent persons employed during each financial year (for which data is available) in the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and Government Legal Department (GLD) is as follows.

Attorney General’s Office:

Financial Year

Total

Permanent Staff

Others

Ministers

2010-11

(Data not held)*

2011-12

40

2012-13

44

40

2

2

2013-14

42

40

2

2014-15

40

38

2

2015-16

40

38

2

2016-17

40

38

2

2017-18

44

42

2

2018-19

46

39

5

2

2019-20

49

47

2

2020-21

50

46

2

2

Treasury Solicitor’s Office (from 2010-11 to 2014-15 inclusive) and Government Legal Department (from 2015-16 to 2020-21 inclusive):

Financial Year

Total

Permanent Staff

Others

2010-11

(Data not held)*

2011-12

987

2012-13

1,046

927

119

2013-14

1,283

1,090

193

2014-15

1,667

1,426

241

2015-16

1,838

1,663

175

2016-17

1,862

1,657

205

2017-18

2,157

1,905

252

2018-19

2,362

1,998

364

2019-20

2,519

2,196

323

2020-21

2,605

2,166

439

It is important to note that several legal advisory units from departments across the civil service were incorporated into the Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) and GLD account for the majority of staffing increases in the years preceding and succeeding the name change from TSol to GLD on 1 April 2015.

* The earliest Annual Report available in which these figures are published, is for the 2012-13 financial year, which also included a total whole-time equivalent figure for TSol and AGO for 2011-12.

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