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Departmental Staff

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many temporary employees were contracted to work for her Department in 2005-06; and what the total cost of such employees was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 1997-98. (106691)

We do not have a central record of the numbers of staff employed under contract from agencies and it would incur disproportionate cost to obtain them. We do, however, have figures for the costs for the financial years (FY) in question, which are:

FY 1997-98—£445,944

FY 2005-06—£2,299,111

We have recruited the following temporary employees during the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006:

68 Fixed Term Officers. However, the costs are devolved to individual Departments and it would incur disproportionate cost to obtain them.

51 Fee Paid Officers. This brought the total number of Fee Paid Officers employed during this period to an average of 241. The gross pay figure (fees) for the year was £7,492,758.52.

We do not have this information for FY 1997-98.