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Departmental Staff

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) her 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 time was for which these temporary workers were employed in each year. (102958)

My Department has a national contract with Kelly Services Ltd. for the provision of agency staff. Information regarding the average number of staff employed through this agency appears as follows:

Financial year

Average number of agency workers

2001-02

170

2002-03

259

2003-04

283

2004-05

395

2005-06

722

Information relating to workers employed through other employment agencies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The (i) average and (ii) longest length of time these workers were employed by my Department over the last five years is as follows:

Months

Financial year

Average length of employment1

Longest time of employment1

2001-02

1.5

45

2002-03

3

28

2003-04

3.5

37

2004-05

3.5

48

2005-06

3.5

53

1 This figure includes the Public Guardianship Office.

(b) Information related to agencies of DCA

Information regarding the average number of staff employed through employment agencies by each of the DCA's agencies is as follows:

Financial year

Average number of agency workers

2000-02

Northern Ireland Court Service

1

National Archives

2

Public Guardianship Office

3

2002-03

Northern Ireland Court Service

52

National Archives

2

Public Guardianship Office

3

2003-04

Northern Ireland Court Service

95

National Archives

199

Public Guardianship Office

100

2004-05

Northern Ireland Court Service

49

National Archives

121

Public Guardianship Office

80

2005-06

Northern Ireland Court Service

94

National Archives

167

Public Guardianship Office

74

1 Information not held prior to 2002

2 Information not held prior to 2003

3 Information not available

HM Land Registry does not hold such information centrally and it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information regarding the (i) average and (ii) longest length of time these workers were employed by each of the DCA's agencies over the last five years is as follows:

Months

Financial year

Average length of employment

Longest time of employment

2001-02

Northern Ireland Court Service

1

1

National Archives

2

2

Public Guardianship Office

3

3

2002-03

Northern Ireland Court Service

3

11

National Archives

2

2

Public Guardianship Office

3

3-

2003-04

Northern Ireland Court Service

3.5

11

National Archives

2-

2

Public Guardianship Office

3

3

2004-05

Northern Ireland Court Service

4

11

National Archives

2

2-

Public Guardianship Office

3

3

2005-06

Northern Ireland Court Service

3

12

National Archives

2-

2

Public Guardianship Office

3

3-

1Information not held prior to 2002

2Information not held

3Information included in DCA answer

HM Land Registry does not hold such information centrally and it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.