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Employment Agencies

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employment agencies were employed by the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years; and what expenditure was incurred on agency services in each year. (117235)

The number of employment agencies employed by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for each of the last five financial years is as follows:

Number

2002-03

9

2003-04

10

2004-05

10

2005-06

15

2006-07

14

The total expenditure incurred on agency services in each year was:

£ million

2002-03

3.558

2003-04

4.777

2004-05

4.473

2005-06

21.080

2006-07 (part)

18.620

The costs for employment agency staff have been reported on an accruals basis and for financial years 2002-03 to 2005-06 they have been reported in RPA’s Annual Accounts and have been subject to audit by NAO.

For financial year 2006-07 costs have been reported on an accruals basis to the end of December 2006 (i.e. nine months’ position) and this figure is currently reflected in RPA’s 2006-07 provisional interim account.