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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) paid and (b) unpaid graduate internships his Department has awarded in each of the last six months. (281519)

The information requested on paid and unpaid graduate internships is not currently recorded centrally in the Home Office or its agencies. Internships are authorised and organised locally by managers in business units.

The Home Office provides around 30 placements annually, during July through September, to graduates and undergraduates who are from a minority ethnic background and/or have a registered disability, through the civil service fast stream summer placement schemes. They are paid an allowance at executive officer minimum rate.