Not that I particularly want to defend Jack Straw but…
According to a Parliamentary Answer, Jack Straw\’s department, which was created only two years ago, employs a staggering 970 personnel staff, out of a total of 3,680 officials.
Robert Blevin, of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, tells me that a private company with a similar number of staff would be expected to employ about 40 people in human resources. \”These figures do sound like a lot,\” he says.
Doesn\’t the Ministry of Justice hire all the judges and magistrates (and QCs perhaps) for the country?
That is, a large part of its function is HR for a much larger group than just those that work within the department itself?