asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the number of (a) Assistant Secretary, (b) Under-Secretary, and (c) Deputy Secretary posts by which the complement of these posts in each department of Government has been reduced as a result of the review of the Civil Service currently being carried out; what percentage of the whole numbers of each group these figures represent; and how these compare with the overall percentage reduction of the Civil Service as a whole.
§ Baroness Young
The current review of the open structure covers all grades from Under-Secretary to Permanent Secretary, but not the grade of Assistant Secretary. This review is not yet complete and the Government have not yet reached conclusions about further reductions in Open Structure staff numbers.