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Young People

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by her Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by her Department. (171271)

We are unable to provide data before April 2004 without incurring a disproportionate cost. This is due to a change in the databases used to store and collect staff data in 2004; data before this period are held on the old system.

The following tables show the number of staff aged 16 to 18 that were recruited either directly or through an agency by the Home Office and the Border and Immigration Agency since 31 March 2005.

1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005

Number

Age 16

Age 17

Age 18

BIA Permanent

0

0

0

BIA Agency

0

0

0

HO Permanent

0

1

5

HO Agency

0

0

0

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006

Number

Age 16

Age 17

Age 18

BIA Permanent

0

0

7

BIA Agency

0

0

12

HO Permanent

1

1

4

HO Agency

0

0

0

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2007

Number

Age 16

Age 17

Age 18

BIA Permanent

0

22

41

BIA Agency

0

5

31

HO Permanent

0

2

1

HO Agency

0

0

0

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is unable to provide information on how many staff it employs aged between 16 and 18 years, directly or through recruitment agencies in each of the last 10 years as the personnel management system is inaccessible due to updating during the target period for this question and the records are not held manually.

The Criminal Records Bureau has been in existence only since 2002. Its records show that it has not employed anyone between the ages of 16 and 18.

In answer to the second part of the question regarding training it is not possible to supply data without incurring a disproportionate cost.

We do not routinely invest in training temporary staff beyond the basic need for the post for which they are recruited.