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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on agency staff in each of the last five years; and what the highest payment to a member of agency staff was in each of those years. (186923)

The Home Department uses a variety of externally resourced staff to fill roles in the Department that cannot readily be filled by permanent staff. The figures given are drawn from our financial reporting systems and represent various categories of agency and other externally resourced staff, but exclude consultancy services.

Information on the Department's spend on agency staff for 2002-03 and 2003-04 is not held centrally and to provide this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Figures for expenditure on agency staff in the last three financial years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 is as follows:

Financial Year

HO Headquarters

IPS

CRB

Total Spend (£)

2004-05

37,000,000

5,626,207

703,756

43,329,963

2005-06

38,000,000

7,746,589

354,756

46,101,345

2006-07

40,000,000

26,612,732

301,998

66,914,730

The increase in the IPS expenditure on agency staff in 2006-07 was due to the successful introduction of a number of new initiatives which necessitated the use of interim staff. The initiatives included biometric passports, the full roll-out of Personal Identity Process (PIP) to the regions, preparation for Interview Office Network (ION), and facial recognition systems. There was also an increase in costs as work on the National Identity Scheme (NIS) began to develop.

Information on the highest payment to a member of agency staff in each of the last five years is not held centrally and to provide this information would incur disproportionate cost.