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Local Government Information Unit

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 247W, on the Local Government Information Unit, (1) which official was seconded by the Local Government Information Unit to the office of the then Secretary of State; for what reason that secondment was terminated; and when that secondment (a) began and (b) ended; (292993)

(2) for what reasons the Local Government Information Unit incurred legal costs in relation to the termination of a secondment to the office of the then Secretary of State; for what reasons his Department paid those costs; and whether compensation payments were made to any individual in relation to the termination of the secondment.

Edward Cox from the Local Government Information Unit was seconded to the Strategy and Performance Directorate within Communities and Local Government (and not to the office of the then Secretary of State) for one year, from 7 January 2008 to 6 January 2009. The secondment ended early as, following discussions with the Department and the LGiU about the possibility of extending the secondment, Mr. Cox opted to leave the LGiU and to join the Department on a fixed-term contract, which began on 1 January 2009.

The legal costs incurred by the LGiU relate to legal advice they obtained in the course of the discussions about the possibility of extending the secondment about the different options which might be pursued. The Department had previously agreed to reimburse all reasonable costs incurred by the LGiU in connection with administration of the secondment, and in line with that agreed to reimburse these specific costs. No compensation payments were made to any individual in relation to the termination of the secondment.