§ Mr. Riddick
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many officials worked within(a) her Department and (b) the Department of Employment on 5 July; and how many she estimates will be working within the new Department once the merger has been completed.
§ Mr. Forth
At 5 July 1995 the Department for Education employed 2,170 civil servants, of whom 432 were based in the Teachers Pensions Agency. The Employment Department group employed some 54,450 staff. The merger entails some 6,200 staff joining other Government Departments, while some 48,250 join the new Department for Education and Employment, giving the new Department a total staff figure of some 50,420.