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Departmental Redundancies

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many redundancies there were in her Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each year; how many temporary staff were employed in each year; and how many staff were seconded by outside organisations to posts within her Department in each year. (95264)

The Department did not have any redundancies in 1997 or subsequent years. It follows the principles of the civil service Efficiency and Relocation Support Programme to minimise recourse to compulsory redundancies and facilitate a common approach to the redeployment of surplus staff across the civil service wherever possible. This includes managing downsizing through natural wastage, review of temporary staff, redeployment and voluntary departures.

The Cabinet Office has utilised framework agreements with a number of recruitment agencies for the provision of temporary agency workers at administrative and secretarial levels. These temporary staff are hired by line managers contacting the agency directly. Departmental records are not structured in a way which allows numbers of agency staff used to be identified. Information on the number of staff seconded in to the Cabinet Office from both private and public sector organisations since 1997 is shown in the following table.

Total

1997-98

2

1998-99

6

1999-2000

35

2000-01

28

2001-02

53

2002-03

34

2003-04

43

2004-05

33

2005-06

24

2006-07

17