To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 20 November 2008 (WA 224) and 17 December 2008 (WA 39), what discussions they had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission prior to stating in the answer that 13 non-permanent staff are employed by the commission. [HL4935]
The Government Equalities Office asked the commission to provide the information requested for the previous Written Answers. The commission maintains that the information that 13 non-permanent staff are employed by the commission was correct as the individuals were on fixed-term contracts and therefore subject to the commission's terms and conditions and paid via payroll.
Other non-permanent staff working at the commission at that time were engaged via an agency and not considered by the commission as employees.