HC Deb 18 November 2003 vol 413 cc799-800W
Mr. Flight

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many(a) special advisers, (b) press officers, (c) civil servants, (d) advisers to civil servants and (e) permanent staff were working for his Department in each year since 1996. [126479]

Yvette Cooper

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was established on 29 May 2002.

Staffing information is available in Table C of the annual publication 'Civil Service Statistics', which covers Permanent Staff numbers in each department and agency from 1995 to 2002. Copies of the publication are laid in the Libraries of both Houses. The latest edition, based on April 2002 data, was published on 24 July 2003. These figures include press officers.

Alternatively, this information is available at the following address on the Cabinet Office Statistics website http://www.civil-service.gov.uk/statistics/css.htm

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister currently employs three special advisers: two full-time and one part-time. The term "advisers to civil servants" is not a recognised job title.