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Olympic Games: Civil Servants

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department are employed on London 2012-related matters; and how many have private sector experience. (125385)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: Within my Department there are at present 49 full-time equivalent staff spending the majority of their time employed on London 2012-related matters.

In addition, there are a further eight full-time equivalent staff in the Olympic Programme Support Unit, which provides cross-programme support for the Olympic Board and is based, for administrative purposes, within my Department.

Of these 57 full-time equivalent staff, 10 contract and seconded staff, and other full-time equivalent staff, have been recruited specifically for their experience of procurement, project management, finance and infrastructure transactions, all gained partly or wholly in the private sector. Other full-time equivalent staff also have experience of working in and with the private sector but specific records on levels of experience are not available.