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Public Bodies: Staff

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of staff of each public body responsible to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions were (a) on fixed term appointments and (b) agency workers in each of the last three years. (109754)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: The number of civil servants on fixed term appointments at 31 March in non-departmental public bodies excluding the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last three years is shown in Table 1.

Historic information on the number of agency workers in these public bodies is not available but a recent exercise shows there are currently no agency staff employed.

Table 2 shows the number of civil servants on fixed term appointments in the Health and Safety Executive. The numbers for agency workers are also available and are included in the table as numbers and percentages.

Table 1: Non-departmental public bodies excluding health and safety executive

31 March 2004

31 March 2005

31 March 2006

Number of FTA

Percentage of total staff

Number of FTA

Percentage of total staff

Number of FTA

Percentage of total staff

Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority

4

8.3

0

n/a

0

n/a

Independent Review Service

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Pensions Ombudsman

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Social Security Advisory Committee

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Office of the Pensions Ombudsman

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Note:

Figures are full-time equivalent (rounded) and are consistent with Office for National Statistics definitions.

Table 2: Health and safety executive

As at 31 March each year

Number of FTA

Percentage of total staff

Number of agency staff

Percentage of total staff

2004

11

0.3

115

2.9

2005

11

0.3

100

2.6

2006

29

0.8

88

2.4

Note:

Figures are full -time equivalent (rounded) and are consistent with Office for National Statistics definitions.