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Departmental Staff

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. (102968)

The Department for Transport only came into existence on 29 May 2002. The number of staff employed on a consultancy basis is not readily available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. (102988)

The following do not include people employed through employment agencies or on a consultancy basis as full-time equivalent staff in the Departmental annual report:

Department for Transport(C)

Government Car and Despatch Agency

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Driving Standards Agency

The Highways Agency includes contractors who are filling a civil service post on a temporary basis in its full-time equivalent figures in the annual report. It does not include those people provided by employment agencies.

The Vehicle Certification Agency includes the numbers of people engaged through employment agencies or on a consultancy basis in the annual report.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency does not include figures of those employed on an agency or consultancy basis in the Department’s annual report. However it provides a combined figure for agency and consultancy support in the VOSA annual report.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency included in the 05/06 annual report the numbers of people engaged through employment agencies.