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Departmental Staff

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whom he employs to assist him in speech-writing; whether each person is employed on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time basis; and what the cost was in the most recent period for which figures are available. (89496)

The Chancellor follows the practice of his predecessors. A private secretary assists in research on his speeches.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whom he employs as a consultant or adviser to assist him personally in fulfilling his official duties; whether each is employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time; and what the cost of employing each person was in the latest period for which figures are available. (89497)

I refer the hon. Member to the Prime Minister’s written statement of 24 July 2006, Official Report, columns 86-91WS, which gives details about those employed on special adviser terms.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years. (91400)

Information on the number of staff employed can be found in the Treasury departmental reports available from the Treasury website at http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about/departmental_reports/

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax efficient schemes for the purchase of bicycles his Department makes available to its employees; how many and what percentage of his Department’s staff purchased bicycles through such schemes in 2005-06; whether the schemes are available through a range of suppliers; and whether arrangements are made to enable staff with disabilities to purchase adapted bicycles from a specialist supplier. (90061)

Treasury employees may apply for interest free loans for the purchase of bicycles, including bicycles adapted for people with disabilities, and the Treasury has a designated bicycle parking area within the premises. Neither the loans nor the provision of bicycle parking normally count as taxable benefits. During 2005-06, three (less than 1 per cent.) Treasury employees were advanced bicycle loans. The loans are paid to the employee and are not provided through the supplier of the bicycle.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department’s employees have been (a) dismissed, (b) suspended and (c) subject to disciplinary action for criminal activity in each year since 1997. (88463)

One employee in 1997 and one employee in 1999 were suspended whilst alleged criminal activity was investigated. Both were subsequently subject to disciplinary action and dismissed.