FIGURES released to Jonathan Morgan by the Assembly's Permanent Secretary Sir Jon Shortridge include the following breakdown of the average levels in staff numbers and salary costs:
Social Affairs 1999-2000: 589 employees costing £16.658m;
2002-03: 1051 employees costing £31.470m;
Economic Affairs: 1999-2000, 1,249 employees costing £26.607m; 2002-03, 1,587 employees costing £36.226m;
Legal, finance and other corporate services: 1999-2000, 646 employees costing £14.585m; 2002-03, 768 employees costing £21.191m.
Total: 1999-2000, 2,577 employees costing £58.550m; 2002-03, 3,524 employees costing £90.062m.
Social Affairs includes health and social care, training and education, local government, culture, social justice and regeneration.
Economic affairs includes economic development and transport, environment, planning and countryside.
Legal, finance and other corporate services includes Office of Counsel General, finance, personnel and accommodation, business information and management, cabinet secretariat.