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Agency Staff

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on agency staff in each of the last five years; and what the budget is for agency staff in 2007-08. (99422)

The Department came into being in July 2001. Information held centrally on how much the core-Department spent on agency staff in each of the last five years will be placed in the House of Commons Library by 10 November 2006. The budget for agency staff in 2007-08 is not yet determined.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on agency staff at the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in each year since 2001; and what the budget is for agency staff at the RPA in 2007-08. (99423)

The cost of agency staff since the RPA was established in October 2001 is as follows:

£ million

2001-02

5.8

2002-03

3.9

2003-04

4.8

2004-05

4.5

2005-06

21.0

The forecast agency costs for 2006-07 are £25.5 million. Budget values for the 2007-08 period are currently being calculated. Confirmation from Ministers of the 2007-08 budget is not expected to be received until the new year.

The detail supporting each of the above years can be found in the RPA’s annual report and accounts under House of Commons publication numbers HC 1197, HC 940, HC 1009, HC 82 and HC 1612 respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average hourly rate his Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff was in each year since 2001, broken down by agency. (99424)

The Department came into being in July 2001. Information is not held centrally on the average hourly rate the Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 2001, broken down by agency. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.