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Departmental Secondment

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Department in each year since 1997; which organisations staff were seconded (i) to and (ii) from; how many staff were seconded in each year; for how long each secondment lasted; and what the cost was of each secondment in each year. (167241)

63 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff are currently on outward loan to other Government Departments and 69 FCO staff are seconded to other organisations or the private sector. 238 staff are on inward loan from other Government Departments and three staff are on secondment from other organisations.

The average length of each interchange loan or secondment is two to three years. The cost of each interchange loan is borne by each staff member’s parent Department. Outward loans to other Government Departments incur negligible additional costs as staff transfer on level salary terms. The FCO normally pays up to 20 per cent. additional salary costs for staff on outward secondment.

Complete figures on the numbers of interchanges and secondments from 1997 to 2006 were not collated and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.