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Departmental Manpower

Volume 506: debated on Monday 1 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 285W, on departmental manpower, when each of the three policy advisers on fixed term contracts was appointed; which appointments were subject to open competition; and if he will list the names of each. (317812)

The policy adviser, Strategy Performance Division was appointed in June 2009 through limited competition.

The senior policy adviser, Cohesion and Faiths Division was appointed in January 2003 following a secondment.

The policy adviser, Housing Supply Division was appointed in April 2009 through limited competition.

Under the Civil Service Recruitment principles, there is no automatic requirement to advertise fixed term contracts publicly.

I am unable to provide the names of those employed as these individuals are not members of the senior civil service. Information, including names, on senior officials can be found in the Civil Service Yearbook.