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International Atomic Energy Agency: Recruitment

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the International Atomic Energy Agency on its recruitment policy, with particular reference to the advertising of its vacancies; and if he will make a statement. (144001)

[holding answer 19 June 2007]: The Government are aware that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) advertises vacancies for Professional and General Service posts on its website. Officials from the UK Mission to the IAEA in Vienna have met several times with the agency’s personnel division to discuss their recruitment practices. The IAEA’s personnel systems, including their recruitment section, are subject to oversight by the agency’s external auditors, the latter are appointed by members of the IAEA board of governors of which the UK is a permanent member. In addition the IAEA division of management publishes a biennial report on human resource management, which is issued to IAEA member states. The Government believe this is an acceptable level of scrutiny for such an organisation and are therefore satisfied that the recruitment policy of the IAEA is fair and transparent.