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Department Staff

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department work in (a) environment, (b) agriculture, (c) rural affairs and (d) food. (104395)

The number of staff (in full-time equivalents) in the policy areas of the Department as at 31 October was as follows:

Number

Animal Health and Welfare

587

Environment

693

Living Land and Seas

447

of which:

Rural Policy

102

Wildlife and Countryside

199

Sustainable Farming and Food

664

of which:

Sustainable Farming Strategy

117

Sustainable Food Chain

339

It is not possible to provide a breakdown of numbers precisely into the areas requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether people employed (a) through employment agencies and (b) on a consultancy basis are included in the calculations for the full-time equivalent staff mentioned in his Department’s annual report. (102987)

People employed through employment agencies and on a consultancy basis are not included in the calculations for the full-time equivalent staff mentioned in the Department’s annual report as they are not members of DEFRA staff.