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Departments: European Union

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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. (146098)

Officials throughout the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) are involved in a full range of EU business. Those working specifically on EU business in the Joint International Unit total five; their time is split between DIUS and Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) EU business. Additionally, there are seven staff working specifically on EU business in the Office for Science and Innovation. A breakdown of the figures as requested would incur disproportionate cost.