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Departmental Staffing

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what expenditure was incurred on recruitment agency fees in respect of staff recruited to work in (a) his Department's Housing Directorate, (b) the Tenant Services Authority, (c) the Homes and Communities Agency, (d) the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, (e) Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and (f) the Homes and Communities Agency Academy in the last five years; (294953)

(2) how much was paid in external consultancy fees by (a) his Department's Housing Directorate, (b) the Tenant Services Authority, (c) the Homes and Communities Agency, (d) the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, (e) the Homes and Communities Agency Academy and (f) the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment in each of the last five years;

(3) how much was paid in staff costs by (a) his Department's Housing Directorate, (b) the Tenant Services Authority, (c) the Homes and Communities Agency, (d) the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit and (e) the Homes and Communities Agency academy in each of the last five years.

The following tables provide the financial data requested subject to the following caveat:

Where a cell is blank, no expenditure in the categories specified was incurred;

The “Housing Directorates” lines cover a combination of directorates across the years in question as a result of CLG organisational structure changes.

Table A: PQ 5490—recruitment agency fees

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Housing Directorates1

63,100

Tenants’ Services Authority

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

30,300

Homes & Community Agency

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

152,200

Homes & Community Agency Academy

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

38,000

National Housing and Planning Advice Unit2

91,300

CABE

62,600

25,300

72,100

85,100

46,900

1 Relates to the recruitment of HCA Board members.

2 Relates to the recruitment of NHPAU Board members.

Table B: PQ 5491—external consultancy

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Housing Directorates1

863,800

903,800

462,700

337,700

3,886,300

Tenants’ Services Authority

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,486,400

Homes & Community Agency2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2

National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

3,200

6,600

10,600

CABE

536,500

818,800

463,900

619,800

612,600

Homes & Community Agency Academy

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,056,000

1 Expenditure inflated by one-off items: HCA set-up and homeowner mortgage support scheme.

2 The HCA can be answered only at disproportionate cost.

Table C: PQ 5493—staff costs

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Housing Directorates

9,837,300

10,330,400

10,842,500

10,649,500

10,644,200

Tenants’ Services Authority1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

Homes & Community Agency1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

Homes & Community Agency Academy1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

68,500

579,000

606,000

1 For HCA and TSA 2008-09, information on expenditure on staff will be included in the annual reports and accounts which will be published shortly. Prior to 2008-09, neither organisation was in existence.