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Departmental Staff

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department’s staff were (a) under 20, (b) 21 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41 to 50, (e) 51 to 60 and (f) over 60 years of age (i) in 1997 and (ii) in the last 12 months. (97909)

The number of staff in the HM Treasury by age are as follows:

Age

April 1997

April 2006

Under 20

1

15

21-30

289

440

31-40

297

340

41-50

201

241

51-60

107

115

Over 60

18

2

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has a volunteering scheme for staff; and how many and what proportion of his staff have participated in the scheme in the last 12 months. (99351)

The Treasury has a volunteers’ group that raises awareness on the benefits of volunteering and encourages employees to volunteer. The group provides employees with access to information on volunteering opportunities such as becoming school governors, trustees of charities or mentors. All employees are allowed one day’s paid leave to participate in volunteering.

The Treasury does not collect information centrally on the number of staff participating in volunteering opportunities because employees who spend time volunteering often do so in their own time.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff there are in each of his Department’s ministerial private offices, broken down by staff grade; and how many such staff there were in 1997. (99585)

In 1997 there were 34 officials in post in ministerial private offices; in 2006 there are 35. A direct grade comparison cannot be made due to changes to the Treasury grading structure.