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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many of his staff are (a) under and (b) over 55 years of age. (77303)

At 31 December 2005 Wales Office staff were split as follows:

(a) 45 staff (76.3 per cent.) under 55 years of age and

(b) 14 staff (23.7 per cent.) over the age of 55.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people over the age of 55 years have been recruited into his Department in each of the last three years. (77304)

Between April 2004 and March 2005, there were 14 people over the age of 55 working for the Wales Office. This represented a quarter of the staff at the time.

A further member of staff over the age of 55 was recruited in 2005-06, representing 10 per cent. of the total staff recruited during that period.

Information relating to 2003-04 is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.