§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the distribution of her Department's whole-time equivalent staff was, including the staff in agencies and other bodies reporting to her, in each Government office region and nation of the UK(a) in 1996 and (b) at the most recent available period. 
§ Ms. Hewitt
The numbers of staff in each Department (including its agencies) are shown in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The figures show the data at 1 April each year, and are based on the full-time equivalent figures for the number of permanent staff in each Department, rounded to the nearest 10. Data are shown by Government Office Region, with columns giving the total number of staff in England and the UK.