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Government Departments: Staffing

Volume 712: debated on Monday 6 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 22 April (Official Report, House of Commons, cols. 698–700W), whether there are permanent staff employed in human resources by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who do not work in the Legal and Strategic Human Resources group; and, if so, how many. [HL4473]

In addition to staff employed in the Legal and Strategic Human Resources group, human resources staff are employed in Defra's Shared Services Directorate, which provides transactional and helpdesk services to Defra, several of its network organisations and other bodies. Human resources staff are also employed in each of Defra's executive agencies.

The number of permanent, human resources staff employed in each of the areas is as follows:

Shared Services Directorate: 58. Of these, 57 are employed exclusively on HR and payroll transactional processing, of which 20 are employed exclusively on payroll processing.

Executive Agencies

Animal Health—25.

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)—Seven, supported by two people within the transactions department who do HR work as part of a wider role.

Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)—16, including six in learning and development, payroll and occupational health.

Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA)—Two.

Rural Payments Agency (RPA)—184 including policy, transactional services, business partners, payroll staff, personnel support teams and learning and development.

Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA)—32.

Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)—Four, including one person in learning and development.