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Departments: Manpower

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff funded by the public purse in his Department are classified as people without posts. (137705)

People without posts are required to join DEFRA’s Priority Movers List. There are currently 136 staff on the Priority Movers List. Staff on the Priority Movers List have access to vacancies within DEFRA before they are advertised more widely and management support is given to staff without posts in order to maximise redeployment opportunities. Staff are engaged on short-term projects within the Department while looking for permanent positions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff funded by the public purse in the Pesticides Safety Directorate are classified as people without posts. (141638)

I assume the hon. Member is referring to the number of staff employed by Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) for which the agency does not have the funding or who are deemed to be surplus to existing requirements. PSD has no such staff.