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National Archives: Manpower

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new staff at pay bands (a) G and (b) H have been appointed at the National Archives in the last three years. (297342)

As at October 2006, The National Archives employed 34 staff at grade G and 15 at grade H, five of which joined in 2006 when The National Archives merged with the Office of Public Sector Information. In October 2007 The National Archives employed 46 staff at grade G and 17 staff at grade H. This increase from 2006 was as a direct result of a drive across Government to professionalise core services in IT, finance and HR. 11 of the new staff were professionally qualified in these areas. In October 2008 there were 51 staff at grade G and 15 staff at grade H, one of which joined when the Statute Law Database became part of The National Archives and seven of which were new posts, funded externally. As of October 2009 the figure stands at 54 staff at grade G and 16 staff at grade H.

The organisation is at the final stages of completing a cost saving exercise which involves reducing the number of management and administration posts at G and H grade by four. This will bring the net total of G and H grades to 66 in 2010 of which seven will continue to be externally funded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) directors of finance and (b) heads of finance there have been at the National Archives in each of the last three years. (297344)

As at October 2006, The National Archives employed a permanent Director of Finance and permanent Head of Finance. The same members of staff were in post in October 2008, leaving in January 2009 and May 2009 respectively. After both post holders departed, the roles were restructured to reflect the changing needs of the organisation, and the posts filled temporarily on an interim basis. The National Archives therefore currently employs an Interim Director of Finance and an Interim Head of Finance. It is in the process of recruiting a permanent Director of Finance. Following the review of the finance department, the Head of Finance post has been split into two roles—one focusing on financial accounts and the other on management accounts. One of these posts has now been filled permanently and the other is on the process of being filled permanently.