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Departmental Secondment

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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. (167215)

It is not possible to provide information for the full period as DIUS was created as part of the machinery of government changes on 28 June 2007. There were existing secondments agreements—both in and out of the Departmental areas from which DIUS was formed—and there have been subsequent agreements. Their details are in the following table. Unfortunately, the cost cannot readily be extracted and to do so would be disproportionate.

Secondments in

Duration

Secondment agreement-other organisation

2004

1

3 years

Leeds Metropolitan University

2005

0

2006

1

2 years

Hertfordshire County Council

2007

1

2 years

BBC

2008

1

1 year

Royal Holloway, University of London

Total

4

Secondment out

Duration

Secondment agreement-other organisation

2004

0

2005

1

2.5 years

Skills for Health

2006

3

Two for 2.5 years and

Farming and Countryside Education, Rotherham

one for 3 years

Metropolitan Council and Students Loan Company

2007

2

1 year and 1.5 years

Higher Education Funding Council for England and British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

2008

2

1 year each

Sheffield County Council and the Sector Skills Development Agency

Total

8