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Departmental Staff

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his Office will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its workforce, (b) negotiate an age management policy with trade unions and employees to eliminate age discrimination and retain older workers, (c) identify and support training needs and offer older staff flexible working to downshift towards retirement and (d) extend to over-fifties the right to request to work flexibly and the right to training with paid time off; and if he will make a statement. (96491)

Most of the staff in my Department are seconded from the Department for Communities and Local Government. I therefore refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 30 October 2006, Official Report, column 39W.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether his Office recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment; (96723)

(2) what proportion of vacancies in his Office in the last 12 months required candidates to have at least a grade C in (a) English and (b) mathematics GCSE.

Most of the staff in my Department are seconded from the Department for Communities and Local Government. I therefore refer the hon. Member to the answer given today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.