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Recruitment Agencies

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (110474)

Defra came into being in June 2001. From information held centrally, the core-Department’s expenditure on personnel engaged through employment agencies since 2001 is as follows:

Financial year

Value (£)

2002-03

10,536,828

2003-04

9,383,419

2004-05

9,623,459

2005-06

9,890,898

1 April to 30 September 2006

3,908,745

Information for the financial year 2001-02 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.