Departmental Security (Hansard, 2 March 2004)
HC Deb 02 March 2004 vol 418 c916W
Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staff complement of the Security Services is; what the range of payment for serving security officers is; and what proportion of security officers speak Arabic. [156638]

Mr. Blunkett

There are currently over 2,000 staff in the Security Service. Starting salaries range from –14,500 for administrative staff to a maximum of £26,000 for some technical specialists. The top salary is of course that of the Director General (Permanent Secretary pay range £120,000-£124,999 at 31 January 2003). For operational reasons it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the number of Arab speakers available to the service.