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Rural Payments Agency

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Rural Payments Agency, (b) farmers' unions and (c) the European Commission on the use of partial payments to farmers in England for the Single Payment Scheme for 2006. (71531)

Arrangements for the 2006 Single Payment Scheme, including the possible use of partial payments, are discussed regularly at the fortnightly meetings that my noble Friend Lord Rooker, and the Interim Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency have with industry leaders. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has also had a useful discussion on the issue with the Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) permanent staff and (b) temporary staff were employed by the Rural Payments Agency in each month since October 2001 expressed in terms of (i) actual staff numbers and (ii) full-time equivalent staff; and if he will make a statement. (71536)

The following tables show the staff numbers, broken down as requested.

Staff Employed by RPA in each month since October 2001

2001-02

October

November

December

January

February

March

Permanent

2,940

2,950

2,915

2,904

2,934

2,954

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

70

77

93

110

126

149

Casuals

231

252

278

290

270

248

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,241

3,279

3,286

3,304

3,330

3,351

Permanent

2,845.28

2,839.25

2,801.31

2,788.97

2,816.02

2,834.72

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

70.27

76.81

92.55

108.91

124.91

146.88

Casuals

230.81

249.73

275.27

287.00

268.00

246.05

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,146.36

3,165.79

3,169.13

3,184.88

3,208.93

3,227.66

Note:

During this period the Intervention Board (IBEA) amalgamated with the Rural Development Service (RDS)

2002-03

April

May

June

July

August

September

Permanent

2,935

2,902

2,868

2,830

2,828

2,811

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

187

208

213

212

213

211

Casuals

265

255

278

358

364

399

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,387

3,365

3,359

3,400

3,405

3,421

Permanent

2,816.39

2,782.36

2,759.32

2,719.02

2,715.03

2,699.59

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

184.30

204.78

210.54

209.54

209.78

209.78

Casuals

263.22

252.82

276.20

355.42

361.23

397.09

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,263.91

3,239.97

3,246.06

3,283.98

3,286.05

3,306.46

October

November

December

January

February

March

Permanent

2,796

2,782

2,761

2,757

2,752

2,741

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

250

282

311

311

348

379

Casuals

334

393

373

363

359

339

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,380

3,457

3,445

3,431

3,459

3,459

Permanent

2,683.14

2,675.05

2,649.30

2,645.26

2,638.22

2,627.69

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

247.05

278.67

307.48

307.48

344.48

375.29

Casuals

331.59

390.49

370.55

359.55

354.90

335.99

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,261.79

3,344.21

3,327.33

3,312.29

3,337.60

3,338.97

2003-04

April

May

June

July

August

September

Permanent

2,717

2,680

2,677

2,637

2,611

3,076

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

379

382

387

454

467

495

Casuals

303

280

291

314

310

318

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,399

3,342

3,355

3,405

3,388

3,889

Permanent

2,605.16

2,567.80

2,565.33

2,524.84

2,499.17

2,948.51

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

374.90

377.90

382.44

449.25

462.17

489.96

Casuals

300.25

277.60

286.70

310.89

307.08

315.21

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,280.31

3,223.30

3,234.47

3,284.98

3,268.42

3,753.68

October

November

December

January

February

March

Permanent

3,058

3,025

3,003

2,982

2,972

2,962

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

499

490

492

488

516

507

Casuals

274

276

304

315

312

321

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,831

3,791

3,799

3,785

3,800

3,790

Permanent

2,925.31

2,890.04

2,868.36

2,847.48

2,835.56

2,819.40

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

494.42

485.78

488.17

483.85

511.70

502.12

Casuals

271.60

274.06

300.20

311.20

307.25

316.28

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,691.33

3,649.88

3,656.73

3,642.53

3,654.51

3,637.80

Note:

The large rise in staff numbers between August and September is due to the amalgamation of BCMS into RPA

2004-05

April

May

June

July

August

September

Permanent

2,944

2,916

2,900

2,894

2,889

2,874

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

501

467

464

479

482

465

Casuals

323

323

339

380

424

436

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,768

3,706

3,703

3,753

3,795

3,775

Permanent

2,802.82

2,776.96

2,764.02

2,758.97

2,753.95

2,738.76

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

496.19

460.75

457.35

470.55

473.71

455.65

Casuals

317.82

318.21

334.22

375.93

420.19

431.78

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,616.83

3,555.92

3,555.58

3,605.45

3,647.85

3,626.20

October

November

December

January

February

March

Permanent

2,838

2,824

2,791

2,751

2,718

2,695

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

437

426

422

417

403

399

Casuals

449

458

486

502

509

512

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,724

3,708

3,699

3,670

3,630

3,606

Permanent

2,700.93

2,685.32

2,651.86

2,611.94

2,581.54

2,560.12

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

427.36

416.53

411.98

406.73

393.67

389.62

Casuals

443.86

451.57

479.57

495.57

502.62

505.24

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,572.15

3,553.41

3,543.40

3,514.24

3,477.83

3,454.98

2005-06

April

May

June

July

August

September

Permanent

2,654

2,579

2,527

2,524

2,325

2,290

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

376

357

345

340

295

292

Casuals

515

539

531

576

526

505

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,545

3,475

3,403

3,440

3,146

3,087

Permanent

2,521.10

2,449.90

2,399.95

2,396.33

2,209.98

2,174.03

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

367.61

349.37

337.77

333.69

289.20

286.20

Casuals

508.91

534.42

525.92

567.84

521.04

501.32

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,397.62

3,333.69

3,263.63

3,297.86

3,020.21

2,961.55

October

November

December

January

February

March

Permanent

2,278

2,262

2,250

2,230

2,235

2,312

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

286

281

280

277

307

314

Casuals

489

571

592

588

591

591

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,053

3,114

3,122

3,095

3,133

3,217

Permanent

2,160.84

2,142.79

2,129.95

2,110.66

2,112.26

2,187.72

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

280.09

275.13

273.29

270.24

300.01

307.01

Casuals

480.69

548.84

559.80

557.78

561.04

563.18

Total (Full-time equivalent)

2,921.62

2,966.76

2,963.03

2,938.68

2,973.31

3,057.90

2006-07

April

May

Permanent

2,301

2,348

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

295

322

Casuals

577

565

Total (Actual Staff numbers)

3,173

3,235

Permanent

2,174.85

2,219.31

FTA (Fixed Term Appointments)

287.41

314.41

Casuals

550.19

538.61

Total (Full-time equivalent)

3,012.44

3,072.33

Note:

The rise in staff numbers between April and May is due to the amalgamation of Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate (HMI) and Defra's Investigation Branch (IB) into RPA