Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Moor View, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) how many staff made redundant in his Department have been rehired by his Department (a) in a permanent post, (b) on a temporary or fixed-term contract and (c) as an external consultant in the last 12 months for which figures are available;
(2) whether any staff made redundant have been (a) rehired and (b) contracted to provide services to his Department in the last 12 months for which figures are available; what the cost was of redundancy payments to such staff; and what the likely cost will be of (i) rehiring and (ii) contracting such staff in the next 12 months.
Peter Luff (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Defence Equipment, Support and Technology), Defence; Mid Worcestershire, Conservative)
No civil servants who left the Ministry of Defence (MOD) employment on the grounds of redundancy between
MOD personnel who take up employment on leaving public service are obliged to seek clearance under the business appointment rules for public servants. Such clearance may be granted unconditionally or with conditions. For example, in the case of consultancies, there may be a requirement to seek official approval before accepting commissions of a particular nature, or from named employers. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments publishes information on former senior Crown servants who have taken up appointments since
The MOD does not hold centrally information on former employees who may have been engaged by companies to work on consultancy contracts or other contracts for services. We contract with companies to provide services within specific timescales. The assignment of individuals to particular contracts is a matter for the companies involved.