124872 - Northern Ireland Office: Staff (Answered)

Owen Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff were employed by her Department in each year since 1996.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Because of the devolution of policing and justice functions on 12 April 2010, and subsequent reconfiguration of the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), the NIO does not hold figures for the periods prior to 2010. Attempting to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost. The figures below are taken from the NIO annual report and accounts for 2010/11 to 2016/17 and show the numbers of staff employed by the NIO or loaned from other government departments, and seconded staff working in the core NIO.

Reporting Years

Number of Directly Employed/loaned Staff

Number of Seconded Staff

Overall Staff Numbers

2010/11

79

85

164

2011/12

85

69

154

2012/13

93

72

165

2013/14

101

62

163

2015/16

105

21

126

2016/17

103

30

133

2017/18*

106

36

142

* As of 25 January 2018