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Departmental Manpower

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in his Department are employed in a non-party political advisory role on a fixed-term contract for up to 12 months; and how many such staff have been recruited in the last 12 months. (290735)

Civil servants provide impartial advice to Ministers whether employed on fixed-term, permanent or other recognised contractual terms. At 31 July 2009, Communities and Local Government employed 59.5 Full Time Equivalent staff on fixed-term contracts.

In the 12 month period to 31 August 2009, our personnel records show that Communities and Local Government made 17 appointments on fixed-term contracts of up to 12 months.