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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department’s policy is on the renewal of the contracts of (a) temporary and (b) agency staff. (264301)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)’s policy on the renewal of temporary contracts follows the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Code. Information can be found on their website:

http://www.civilservicecommissioners.org/Reference_Documents/Recruitment_Code_Reference/

The use and renewal of temporary agency staff is devolved to FCO directorates. They use agency staff when there is a pressing short-term operational need and there are no permanent members of staff available. There is central internal guidance available to directorates on using temporary agency staff.