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Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many individuals have been seconded to his Department from (a) the private sector, (b) NGOs and (c) other, in each case listing (i) from which organisation and (ii) dates of secondments in each year since 1997–98. [108104]

Private Sector Secondments

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the then Minister of State at the FCO (Mr. Battle) to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) on 29 June 2000, Official Report, column 581W, and to his letter of 5 July 2000 to the hon. Member for Bath which has been placed in the Libraries of the House, which set out a full list of private sector secondments from 1997 to February 2000.

Since then, there have been a further 26 secondments to the Department, and details are set out in the following table.

Secondments and attachments are part of the Interchange Initiative, which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the civil service and other organisations. Before an Interchange can occur all parties must be satisfied that no conflict of interest arises.

Non-Private Sector Secondments

Under Cabinet Office Interchange procedures, the term secondment relates solely to movement of staff to and from the private sector and other non-civil service organisations.

The table below shows secondments to the FCO from other non-civil service organisations. The FCO does not hold comprehensive records for the year 1997, so the information attached begins from 1998. In addition, some FCO departments and posts organise secondment-type placements directly with relevant organisations. No central records of these exist and they are therefore not included.

Appendix A

Secondments from the private sector to FCO

March 2000 to April 2003


Start date

End date

MouchelMarch 2000October 2000
British AirwaysJune 2000February 2001
Price Waterhouse CoopersApril 2000April 2001
Rolls RoyceOctober 2000April 2001
CMC and AdmiralNovember 2000April 2001
Wood Group Engineering LtdNovember 2000May 2001
Independent ConsultantNovember 2000August 2001
Wood Group Engineering LtdMarch 2001November 2001
Standard Chartered BankMay 2001January 2002
BG plcJune 2001February 2002
Anglia WaterJanuary 2002March 2002
Teeside CollegeJune 2001April 2002
ShellMay 2001May 2002
KPMGJune 2000June 2001
BPJune 2000June 2002
Rolls RoyceApril 2001June 2002

Secondments from the private sector to FCO

March 2000 to April 2003


Start date

End date

EC HarrisJanuary 2002December 2002
UnileverAugust 2001August 2003
BAe SystemsApril 2002November 2002
AdvanticaJune 2002November 2002
Ove ArupOctober 1999October 2003
KGPMay 2002December 2005
Michael John TrustDecember 2001May 2006
AESSealJune 2002November 2002
Thames WaterSeptember 2002March 2003
Chamber of British IndustryOctober 2002April 2003


TPUK refers to Tradepartners UK, the trade development arm of British Trade International.

Appendix B

Seconded from non-private sector



Metropolitan Police1 April 199823 June 2002
German MFA1 June 19981 July 1999
US State Dept1 August 19981 August 1999
German MFA1 August 19981 July 1999
National Air Traffic Systems1 October 19981 July 2001
Financial Services Authority1 January 199931 July 2001
Ecole National d'Amin (ENA)1 January 19997 January 1999
French MFA1 February 19991 July 1999
New Zealand MFA1 April 19991 July 1999
German MFA1 August 19991 June 2000
US State Department1 August 19991 August 2000
ENA1 August 19991 January 2000
Metropolitan Police1 August 19996 November 2000
Save the Children1 September 19992 July 2001
Canadian MFA1 September 19991 September 2000
German MFA1 September 19998 December 2000
French MFA1 September 199915 August 2001
National Institute of EC and Social Research1 September 19991 September 2003
House of Commons1 September 19991 September 2001
World Wildlife Fund1 December 199930 November 2002
ENA1 January 20001 July 2000
NGO: Interights9 January 20009 January 2001
Brazilian MFA21 June 20008 November 2000
German MFA26 June 200027 May 2001
Czech MFA1 December 20001 December 2001
US State Department1 December 20001 December 2001
NGO: Asian Family Counselling1 January 20011 January 2004
Metropolitan Police1 May 20011 July 2004
ENA1 July 200115 January 2002
US State Department30 July 200130 July 2002
Office of Fair Trading10 October 200115 October 2003
BBSRC (Research Council)22 October 200119 October 2002
ENA21 January 200221 January 2003
New Zeland MFA13 May 200230 August 2002
City of London Police1 June 20021 June 2004
German MFA17 July 200217 July 2003
Sport England1 August 20021 August 2003
German MFA12 August 200212 August 2003
French MFA2 September 20021 September 2003
BBSRC (Research Council)20 December 20021 November 2005
Lord Chancellor's Dept10 February 200310 August 2003


The FCO grading system equates as follows:

SMS = Senior Civil Service

D7 = Home Civil Service 6

D6 = Home Civil Service 7

C5 = Senior Executive Officer

C4 = Higher Executive Officer

B3 = Executive Officer