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Departments: European Union

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many officials in his Department are (a) involved in assisting European Council negotiations, (b) involved in assisting and advising the European Commission, (c) seconded to the European Commission, (d) involved in monitoring EU decisions, communications, regulations and directives, (e) involved in enforcing compliance with EU decisions, communications, regulations and directives and (f) involved in other work related to the European Council, Commission or Court of Justice. (146088)

Officials throughout the former Department of Trade and Industry were involved in a full range of EU business. Those working specifically on EU business totalled around 200. In addition, there are a number of Seconded National Experts working on priority policy areas in the European Commission in Brussels, usually around a dozen individuals. A breakdown of the figures as requested would incur disproportionate cost.