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Departmental Secondment

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Office 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. (168694)

The Wales Office was established in 1999 and has always had staff on loan from other Government Departments. Loans have predominantly been from the Welsh Assembly Government. Between 1999 and 2004, the vast majority of staff were on loan to the Wales Office, and since then it has reduced to around 50 per cent. of the total headcount.

Numbers of staff, home departments and costs are not available in the format requested, and obtaining this information could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.