Gareth Thomas (Harrow West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if he will make a statement.
Simon Burns (Minister of State (Health), Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)
This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The Department's systems can provide total numbers of all off-payroll engagements within the Department but not by cost, as data on costs per contract are not maintained centrally. A data collection exercise would be required to gather this information for the Department and its non-departmental public bodies and agency, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
An extensive data collection exercise was carried out within the Department and its non-departmental public bodies and agency as part of the HM Treasury review of tax arrangements for senior public sector appointees. Data on off-payroll engagements costing over £58,200 per annum was submitted to HM Treasury and published on the Department's website on
This data reports the position at