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Departmental Secondment

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff have been seconded to (a) her Department and (b) each of its executive agencies, in the last 12 months; from which outside body they were seconded; and what the length was of each secondment. (176593)

Fifty-two secondments to Communities and Local Government began during the 12 months to 31 December 2007. The planned lengths of these secondments and the outside bodies from which the secondments were drawn are given in the following tables.

Length of secondment

Number of secondments

Less than or equal to six months

7

More than six months, less than or equal to one year

36

More than one year, less than or equal to two years

6

More than two years

3

Total

52

Outside body

Number of secondments

Audit Commission

2

Basildon District Council

1

Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

1

British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA)

1

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority

1

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

1

Centrepoint

1

Chief Fire Officers’ Association

1

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

1

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

1

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

1

Essex County Council

1

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

1

Fire Control West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service

1

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

2

Groundwork UK

1

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

4

Hereford and Worcester Fire Rescue Service

1

Homeless Link

1

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

1

Improvement and Development Agency

1

London Borough of Lambeth

1

London Civic Forum

1

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

1

MAple Access

1

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

1

Mid-Sussex District Council

1

Norfolk County Council

1

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

1

Northamptonshire County Council

1

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

1

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

1

Nottinghamshire Probation Area

1

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

1

Revolving Doors Agency

1

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

1

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

1

Stoke on Trent City Council

1

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

1

The Housing Corporation

2

Town and Country Planning Association

1

West Berkshire

1

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

1

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

1

Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority

1

Record not available at this time

1

Total

52

There were no secondments to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in the last 12 months. There was one secondment to the Planning Inspectorate from North Somerset council which is planned to last for nine months. There were 12 secondments to the Fire Service college beginning in 2007. These were drawn from local fire and rescue services listed as follows. Each of these secondments is intended to last for three years.

Outside bodies from which staff were seconded to the Fire Service college:

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fife Fire and Rescue Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service