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UK Border Agency: Office of the Chief Inspector

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the budget is of the Office of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency; and how many staff are employed in that office; (285927)

(2) how many staff employed in the Office of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency worked for his Department prior to their appointment at the Agency;

(3) what the salary is of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency; at what pay grades staff in his office are employed; and how many such staff are employed at each grade;

(4) what the cost of the premises occupied by the Office of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency is in 2009-10.

The independent Chief Inspector UK Border Agency has a budget of £3 million for 2009 -10. As of 1 July 2009, 24.9 full-time equivalent staff work in the Office of the Chief Inspector (excluding the Chief Inspector). An additional five staff have been appointed and are expected to take up posts shortly.

Of the 24.9 full-time equivalent staff in post on 1 July 2009, 15.9 staff worked for the Home Office prior to their employment.

The Chief Inspector's current salary is £159,108. The following table sets out the position on the current number and grades of staff (excluding the Chief Inspector).

The annual costs for 2009-10 for the premises occupied by the Office of the Chief Inspector UK Border Agency are still to be confirmed.

Office of Chief Inspector UKBA staff as at 1 July 2009

Number

Senior Civil Service (Pay Band 1)

1

Grade 6

4

Grade 7

7.9

SEO or equivalent

7

HEO or equivalent

1

EO or equivalent

4

AA/AO or equivalent

0

Note:

In addition: 3 x SEO; 1 x EO and 1 x AO have been appointed and will take up posts shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas visits to each country have been made by the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency; and what the cost to the public purse was of such visits. (285928)