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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06. (251288)

Until November 2006, MOD business units were individually responsible for engaging their own temporary staff. Since November 2006, a limited service to engage temporary staff has been provided through the People Pay and Pensions Agency (PPPA). This does not yet cover all the grades employed by the MOD, or all MOD locations and therefore individual business units are still making their own arrangements to engage temporary staff in some circumstances. This means that information on how much was spent on agency and temporary staff in each financial year since 2005-06 is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Since November 2006, the Department has spent £12.3 million on temporary staff engaged through the PPPA.