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Office for National Statistics
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 18 March 2010, Official Report, column 1032W, on the Office for National Statistics, with what frequency each of the desks at each location are staffed; and how many full-time equivalent staff are allocated to staff the desks at each location. [324692]

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The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 18 March 2010, Official Report, column 1032W, on the Office for National Statistics, with what frequency each of the desks at each location are staffed; and how many full-time equivalent staff are allocated to staff the desks at each location. (324692)

The size of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) operation at each air, sea and international rail site is determined by the volume of traffic. Therefore, the heavier the volume of traffic, the greater the number of IPS shifts operated. Also the higher the density of passengers passing through a particular site, the larger the team of interviewers required to undertake the work.

The IPS operates at all significant ports of entry/departure in the United Kingdom. At smaller sites, where the operating procedures do not require it, or where conditions do not allow it, desks are not provided.

The attached table shows a list of the number of shifts and typical staffing levels planned for 2010 at sites with desks. A shift is typically either AM or PM although this does vary across sites as does the mode of operation. An AM shift is normally 0600-1400 and a PM shift 1400-2230.

IPS locations with desks—shifts per annum, number of desks and number of staff required

Site

Shifts per annum

Number of desks

Total number of staff required per shift

Heathrow Terminal 1 Arrivals

55

1

7

Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures

91

2

9

Heathrow Terminal 1 Transit Arrivals

100

1

4

Heathrow Terminal 1 Transit Departures

50

1

4

Heathrow Terminal 1 Irish Hub Arrivals

12

0

4

Heathrow Terminal 1 Irish Departures

12

1

4

Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals

165

2

10

Heathrow Terminal 3 Departures

228

1

9

Heathrow Terminal 4 Arrivals

92

2

9

Heathrow Terminal 4 Departures

120

2

9

Heathrow Terminal 5 Arrivals

110

2

8

Heathrow Terminal 5 Departures North

147

3

10

Heathrow Terminal 5 Departures South

147

2

7

Heathrow Terminal 5 Transit Arrivals

100

1

4

Heathrow Terminal 5 Transit Departures

50

1

4

Gatwick South Arrivals

55

2

9

Gatwick South Departures

82

1

10

Gatwick North Arrivals

54

1

8

Gatwick North Departures

80

1

10

Manchester Terminal 1 Arrivals

51

1

8

Manchester Terminal 1 Departures

78

1

8

Manchester Terminal 2 Arrivals

84

1

8

Manchester Terminal 2 Departures

92

1

8

Stansted Arrivals

120

1

10

Stansted Departures

140

1

9