Ian Paisley Jnr (North Antrim, DUP)
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2012, Official Report, column 353W, on manpower, what the grades and job titles are of the 84 staff directly employed by his Department; and for what purpose the 78 staff on secondment or loan from other Government departments and organisations are being employed.
Hugo Swire (Minister of State, Northern Ireland; East Devon, Conservative)
The 84 members of staff referred to in the answer of
The role of my Department is to represent Northern Ireland's interests at Westminster and to represent the Government in Northern Ireland. Secondments or loans from other Government Departments and organisations are used to ensure access to individuals who have a detailed knowledge and understanding of Northern Ireland-related issues in order to fulfil this role.