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Marine Management Organisation

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many Marine and Fisheries Agency staff have asked for a transfer to another department in preference to accepting a position at the new Marine Management Organisation; (298989)

(2) how many Marine and Fisheries Agency staff have accepted (a) permanent and (b) temporary posts in the new Marine Management Organisation.

All staff in the Marine and Fisheries Agency at the time of vesting of the new Marine Management Organisation will automatically transfer to the new organisation under Cabinet Office protocols on transfers in the public sector. The Marine Bill provides that staff in the Marine and Fisheries Agency at the time of vesting of the Marine Management Organisation who choose not to transfer to it are deemed to have resigned.

We are not aware of any staff in the Marine and Fisheries Agency who have requested a transfer to another Department because their post is being transferred to the Marine Management Organisation.

The Marine and Fisheries Agency headquarters is relocating to Newcastle and will become the new Marine Management Organisation headquarters. Eleven staff are relocating. Sixty-seven staff have chosen not to relocate and have access to posts in core DEFRA or can apply for advertised vacancies in other Departments.