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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals have been employed in her Department in each of the last five years; what vetting procedures are in place for each category of staff; and whether these include liaison with foreign law enforcement agencies. (68018)

The information is not held centrally. Prior to the appointment of new employees, nationality checks are carried out to establish compliance with civil service nationality rules. Other checks, including the taking up of references, character enquiry and health checks are also conducted. These would not routinely include liaison with foreign law enforcement agencies.