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Sea Fish Industry Authority

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff there were in the Sea Fish Industry Authority in each of the past five years. (89809)

The following table shows the number of staff employed by the Sea Fish Industry Authority as at 31 March in each of the past five years.

Number of staff

2002

145

2003

145

2004

136

2005

117

2006

117

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on future projected staffing levels at the Sea Fish Industry Authority. (89810)

The Sea Fish Industry Authority has recently consulted on its strategic direction and has a restructuring programme in hand. This includes staffing changes (as mentioned in the Annual Report 2005-06 that was laid before Parliament on Wednesday 5 July 2006). The authority is in addition developing a costed forward work programme, on which it will formally consult. This will address issues such as future projected staffing levels.