Written Answers. - Public Service Staff.

Peadar Clohessy

Ceist:

62 Mr. Clohessy asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons employed in the public service in each of the years from 1990 to 1995; the public service wage bill for each of these years; and if he will make a statement on Government policy on the size of the public service. [16776/96]

Mary Harney

Ceist:

69 Miss Harney asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons employed in the public service in each of the years from 1990 to 1995; the public service wage bill for each of these years; and if he will make a statement on Government policy on the size of the public service. [16775/96]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 69 together. Information relating to public service employment and to the Exchequer pay and pensions bill in the period from 1990 to 1995 is set out in tabular form and I propose to circulate it in the Official Report. The following is the information requested:

Year

Public Service Employment

Exchequer Pay and Pensions Bill

£m

1990

196,540

3,160

1991

199,852

3,382

1992

202,315

3,750

1993

205,709

4,087

1994

208,601

4,356

1995

212,305

4,567

The Exchequer pay and pensions bill does not cover the local authorities. Local authority employees are however included in the public service employment numbers. Decisions about public service numbers are based on the Government's assessment of staffing needs to ensure the most efficient delivery of programmes and services. I can assure the Deputy that the Government examines public service recruitment very carefully to decide the appropriate levels for the delivery of those services.