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Departmental Staff/Secondments

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many BP employees are on secondment to her Department; what areas they are working on; on what terms; and how many BP employees have been on secondment to her Department in each year since January 2002. (99208)

There are currently no BP employeeson secondment to this Department. We have recordsof only one BP employee being on secondmentsince January 2002, and that secondment ended on6 September 2002.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1277W, on departmental staff (education), how many work experience placements were given to (a) students and (b) workers in each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (99484)

In 2006, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) offered work experience placements to 48 candidates. The total number of student placements was 43, while five candidates were not in full-time education. The regions listed refer to the home location of all candidates.

Region

Number

Students

Bristol

1

London

14

Devon

1

Dorset

1

Leicester

1

Chigwell

1

Middlesex

1

Staffordshire

1

Manchester

1

Oxford

1

Surrey

1

Essex

1

Kent

2

York

1

Jersey

1

Edinburgh

1

Bristol

1

Lincolnshire

1

Aberdeen

1

Glasgow

1

Coventry

1

North Wales

1

Buckinghamshire

1

North Hants

1

Berkshire

1

Bath

3

Non students

London

3

Oxford

1

Ilford

1

In 2005, the FCO offered work experience placements to 25 candidates. All candidates were students.

2005

Region

Number

Students

Hainault

1

London

6

Co. Antrim

1

Norfolk

1

Gwynedd

1

Berkshire

1

Hertfordshire

1

Kent

1

Bath

3

Middlesex

1

Durham

1

West Midlands

1

Brighton

1

Edinburgh

1

Suffolk

1

Harrow

1

Manchester

1

Cambridge

1

The FCO information management system does not hold information on the regional location of work experience candidates prior to 2005. Details on the number of candidates placed each year since 2001 are listed for reference.

Student

Number

2004

33

2003

30

2002

39

2001

52

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1277W, on departmental staff (education), how many community business events aimed at encouraging a diversified work force were held in each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (99485)

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to him on 25 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1272-73W about recruiting a diverse work force. As part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) outreach activities to widen and deepen its policy engagement with UK regions and faith communities to help deliver the UK’s international strategic priorities, we visit areas with significant minority ethnic communities where we meet UK civil society, including local businessmen and women and attend events organised by them. A wide range of people, including representatives of local businesses, are invited to attend events such as seminars in different areas of the UK, aimed at raising awareness of what the FCO does and why it matters. The FCO has also been represented at various ethnic business awards ceremonies held in London but attended by representatives of regional businesses. One of the objectives for all these events is to try to break down stereotypes of FCO staff and to encourage applications which will make our work force more diverse. Events involving business/faith for the period 2005-06 to date (the period for which figures are available) are listed as follows. More than one event was scheduled on certain days, in the interests of value for money. FCO officials could provide further information on outreach on request from my hon. Friend.

Number

2005

Wales (Cardiff, Caerphilly and Bangor)

4

Scotland (Glasgow)

2

North West (Blackburn, Bolton, Preston)

7

North (Leeds, Bradford, Manchester)

4

2006

Wales (Cardiff)

2

Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

4

North (Manchester)

1

North West (Bolton)

1

West (Bristol)

1

Midlands (Birmingham, Leicester, West Bromwich)

5