Dáil Éireann - Volume 481 - 08 October, 1997

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

50. Mr. Spring asked the Minister for Finance the number of civil servants who were employed by the Government on 1 July 1997, for each Department; the agreed establishment number for each Department according to Government policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15693/97]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): In June 1996 the Government set core staffing targets for each Department, which were to be achieved by 1 July 1997. Some of these targets were subsequently modified by the Government, to make allowance for additional work or transfer of work from one Department to another, giving an overall target of 29,457.5.

On 1 July 1997, I am pleased to say, the number of civil servants was 28,955, well within the target.

A number of Departments have been allowed to retain staff for transient tasks on a temporary basis. Such staff are known as “non-core” or “transient”. The staff who were working on the census in the Central Statistics Office are an example. These staff must be given up after the work in question has been completed, with the staff concerned being absorbed into fillable vacancies within their own Department or being redeployed into other Departments.

The staffing levels for each Department at 1 July 1997 against the latest targets are shown in a tabular statement which I propose to circulate in the Official Report. The names of the Departments and the Departmental line up in this tabular statement reflect those which were in force on that date.

ACHIEVEMENT OF TARGET STAFFING FIGURES

Department/Office

(1) Staffing Figure at 1 July 1997

(2) Transient (Non-Core) Staff

(3) 1 July 1997 Less Non-Staffing Core (1)-( 2)

(4) Target set in June 1996

(5) Later Modifications (Core Staff)

(6) Revised Target (4) + (5)

Agriculture, Food and Forestry

3,962.0

3,962.0

4,010.0

4,010.0

Art, Culture and Gaeltacht

569.0

569.0

358.0

273.5

631.5

Attorney General**

60.0

60.0

66.0

7.0

73.0

Central Statistics Office

757.5

240.5

517.0

517.0

517.0

Chief State Solicitor**

176.5

17.0

159.5

156.0

59.0

215.0

Civil Service Commission

98.0

98.0

100.0

7.0

107.0

Comptroller and Auditor General

122.0

122.0

130.0

130.0

Defence

422.0

422.0

430.0

-2.0

428.0

Director of Public Prosecutions

28.5

28.5

26.0

3.0

29.0

Education

893.5

893.5

891.0

31.0

922.0

Enterprise and Employment

823.5

2.0

821.5

878.0

25.0

903.0

Environment

791.5

791.5

817.0

817.0

Equality and Law Reform

82.5

82.5

88.0

88.0

Finance

519.0

4.0

515.0

510.0

4.0

514.0

Foreign Affairs*

975.5

5.0

970.5

974.0

2.0

976.0

Health

424.5

424.5

440.0

5.0

445.0

[431]Justice—Charities Office

8.0

8.0

8.0

[432]8.0

Justice—Courts

832.0

832.0

842.0

14.0

856.0

Justice—Data Protection Commissioner

8.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

Justice—Garda Civilians

924.5

924.5

851.0

211.0

1,062.0

Justice—Garda Complaints Board

16.5

16.5

16.5

16.5

Justice—Headquarters

505.5

18.0

487.5

477.0

35.0

512.0

Justice—Land Registry

517.5

517.5

5250

525.0

Justice—Probation and Welfare Service

239.0

239.0

245.0

12.0

257.0

Justice—Prisons

2,440.0

2,440.0

2,494.0

100.0

2.594.0

Justice—Total

5,491.0

18.0

5,473.0

5,466.5

372.0

5,838.5

Marine

284.5

284.5

305.0

4.0

309.0

National Gallery

18.0

18.0

18.0

18.0

Office of Public Works

558.5

558.5

794.0

-271.5

522.5

Oireachtas

241.5

241.5

261.0

1.0

262.0

Ombudsman

39.0

1.0

38.0

36.0

13.0

49.0

Ordnance Survey

271.5

271.5

272.0

272.0

Presidents Establishment

15.0

15.0

15.0

15.0

Revenue Commissioners

5,993.5

5,993.5

6,044.0

6,044.0

Social Welfare

4,192.5

100.0

4,092.5

4,086.0

19.0

4,105.0

State Laboratory

73.0

73.0

74.0

74.0

Tánaiste

16.0

16.0

22.0

22.0

Taoiseach

156.0

156.0

177.0

177.0

Tourism and Trade

106.0

106.0

117.0

118.0

Transport, Energy and Communications

647.0

5.0

642.0

678.0

678.0

Valuation Office

146.5

146.5

148.0

148.0

28,904.5**

Total

28,955.0

392.5

28,562.5

28,920.0

553.0

29,457.5

*Excludes 63 Temporary Clerical Assistants for Passpost Office.

**Taken as 28,920 — AG and CSSO to make up difference.