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UK Border Agency: Manpower

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) grades and (b) job descriptions in the UK Border Agency are operating at under their established complement. (226056)

The UK Border Agency has not set staffing complements by (a) grades or (b) job descriptions. The UK Border Agency deploys its personnel according to operational need and business priorities, recruiting where necessary to ensure that there are sufficient employees to meet those needs within agreed budgets.

The UK Border Agency's forecast for active workforce for 2008-09 was 17,700 full-time equivalent workers for the former Border and Immigration Agency, to which should now be added 2,300 UK Visas and 4,700 HMRC employees. The number of full-time equivalent active workforce equivalent to the 17,700, the former Border and Immigration Agency, at the end of September 2008 was 17,510.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency and its predecessors spent on (a) permanent and (b) casual staff in each of the last five years. (227494)

The amount that the UK Border Agency spent on full-time and casual staff in each of the last five years is shown in the following table. The computerised accounting system does not record the pay of casual staff as a separate item.

Financial year

Pay cost (£)

2007-08

611,598,486.53

2006-07

566,301,623.78

2005-06

513,281,187.52

2004-05

470,275,994

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) permanent and (b) casual staff have been employed by the UK Border Agency specifically to clear the immigration backlog; and at what cost. (227496)

The case resolution directorate (CRD) was set up to deal specifically with the backlog of cases. It has at present no casual staff and the number of full-time equivalent staff that have been employed there are shown in the following table. The budgeted operating costs for CRD for 2008-09 are £28.2 million.

Workforce1

30 September 2008

972.561

31 March 2008

1,013.06

1 April 2007

838.71

1 Full-time equivalent figures, excludes staff on career break, loan to other Government Departments, maternity leave, etc.

Note:

Figures have been taken from the central HO personnel system ADELPHI.