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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of his staff are (a) under and (b) over 55 years of age. (77440)

As at 31 December 2005, the Scotland Office had 48 staff under the age of 55 and six staff over that age.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people over the age of 55 years have been recruited into his Department in each of the last three years. (77441)

The Scotland Office does not recruit staff directly; its officials are on loan from the Scottish Executive or the Department for Constitutional Affairs. One member of staff in 2003, two in 2004 and one in 2005 were over 55 years of age when they joined the Office.