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Departmental Staff

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest period was for which a consultant was employed in each year. (102975)

The Department does not hold central records of how many staff have been employed on a consultancy basis in the Department and its agencies or the periods of time each consultant was employed. To obtain the information requested for each of the last five years would incur disproportionate cost.

The use of external consultants in the Home Office and its agencies provides the Department with specialist knowledge, skill, capacity and technical expertise that is not otherwise available in-house.