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Departmental Staff

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of employing agency workers was in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last three years; and how many were employed in each such year. (103556)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employment agencies were employed by his Department and each of the boards and agencies reporting to his Department in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on agency services in each of those years. (116698)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (110477)

The information on expenditure on agency workers that is available without incurring disproportionate cost is as follows:

Expenditure on agency workers

£000

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

HM Treasury

1

1,467

1,360

909

864

HM Revenue and Customs

1

1

3,838

4,567

4,239

Royal Mint

1

1

0

0

0

National Savings and Investments

1

1

550

380

450

Office for National Statistics

1

1

1,607

2,467

1,376

Government Actuary’s Department

27

24

17

10

3

Office of Government Commerce

733

851

819

710

1,087

OGC.buying.solutions

1

1

1

158

230

Debt Management Office

1

13

20

71

390

Valuation Office Agency

1

1

1

71

312

1 Information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information on the number of agency workers is generally not recorded centrally and so could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Royal Mint had one agency worker in 2003-04 (expenditure on this agency worker was £234, but has been rounded to zero in the table) and none in 2005-05 or 2005-06; The Office for National Statistics had 152, 233 and 130 agency workers in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 respectively; the Office of Government Commerce had 47 and 49 agency workers in 2004-05 and 2005-06 respectively; and OGC.buying.solutions had 50 agency workers in 2004-05 and 59 in 2005-06.

Information on the number of agencies used has generally been available within the cost threshold only where a framework contract with a list of approved suppliers is in place.

Number of employment agencies used

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

HM Treasury

1

1

1

6

6

HM Revenue and Customs

1

1

1

1

15

Royal Mint

2

1

1

0

0

National Savings and Investments

1

1

1

12

14

Government Actuary’s Department

3

1

2

2

1

Office of Government Commerce

14

17

17

18

18

Debt Management Office

1

2

1

5

8

Valuation Office Agency

1

1

1

1

3

1 Information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.