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National Asylum Support Service

Volume 621: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many staff are employed by the National Asylum Support Service; and of these how many are employed centrally and how many in each region of England, in Scotland and in Wales. [HL527]

As at the end of December 2000, there were 492 staff employed by the Home Office in the NASS. In addition there were 42 agency staff.Of the total of 534, 523 are employed centrally and 11 in the regions; one in each of the following areas: Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the North West, York shire/Humberside, the West Midlands, the North East, the East Midlands, the East of England, the South West, the South Central/East.

asked Her Majesty's Government:What proportion of employees in tin' National Asylum Support Service are full-time and on permanent contracts, full-time and on temporary contracts, part-time and on permanent contracts, and part-time and on temporary contracts. [HL528]

All of the staff currently employed by the Home Office in the NASS are on permanent contracts, almost 18 per cent of whom are part time.A further 8 per cent of staff in NASS are employed by agencies. These staff are not contractually bound to the Home Office.In addition, there is a small number of contractors and secondees (about eight at present) whose contracts are with their agencies and original departments respectively.