Correction to Commons Written Answer

House of Lords written statement – made on 30th October 2012.

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Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

My honourable friend the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries (Ed Vaizey) has made the following Statement.

On 18 October 2012, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport answered the following Parliamentary Question.

Chi Onwurah (Newcastle Upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent staff there were in Broadband Delivery UK in each quarter since May 2010.

Ed Vaizey

The accompanying table shows such data as we hold on leavers and joiners to Broadband Delivery UK. As well as external joiners and leavers the figures include internal moves between Broadband and other DCMS teams:

Quarter Full-time equivalent staff
2011 April-June 47.08
July-September 49.86
October-December 50.97
2012 January-March 49.28
April-June 65.77
July-September 75.77

(Official Report, col. 390W)

The answer should have read:

The accompanying table shows such data as we hold on leavers and joiners to Broadband Delivery UK. As well as external joiners and leavers (including specialist contractors), the figures include internal moves between Broadband and other DCMS teams. Figures are for headcount only.

Quarter Full-time equivalent staff
2011 Pre-April 19
April-June 21
July-September 29
October-December 34
2012 January-March 49
April-June 54
July-September 62

The answer was provided by the department's Human Resources (HR) team, who used their online databases to produce it. The databases do not capture on which team individuals are allocated-partly because DCMS operates a flexible resourcing system in which individuals frequently move across teams and projects. Additionally, the HR organogram system only holds details of Civil Service employees allocated to projects, and therefore, cannot provide accurate data on staffing in BDUK, which includes contractors and interim managers. The correct information in the revised answer has been provided directly by BDUK.

This answer tallies with the pursuant PQ 124568, tabled by the honourable Member for Newcastle Upon Tyne Central on 22 October regarding the numbers of leavers and joiners, which can be found in the Official Report for 24 October 2012, col. 906W.