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Departmental Manpower

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East, of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 870-1W, on departmental manpower, how many (a) staff without posts and (b) staff classified as priority movers there are in his Department and its agencies; how many of the staff without posts were classified as such after returning from maternity leave; and how many of the staff without posts have been classified as such for at least (a) six months and (b) 12 months. (250089)

There are less than five people that are classified as staff without posts in the Department so this information is withheld on grounds of confidentiality.

There are 126 permanent staff classified as priority movers within the Ministry of Justice. The figure comprises both full-time and part-time staff. All are actively in employment. However, due to business reasons, for example, restructuring, relocation, closure of offices/courts, the end of projects/secondments etc, their substantive posts have come to or are potentially coming to an end.

There are no staff who after returning from maternity leave have been classified as without posts, nor are there any staff without posts who have been classified as such for at least six or 12 months. Of the 126 permanent staff that are currently classified as priority movers, less than 10 have been in this category for at least six months and less than 15 for at least 12 months.

On 31 December 2008, (the latest date for which figures are available) the Ministry of Justice employed 76,872 full-time equivalent staff.