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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st May 2002.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many net additional staff her Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer level and (b) administrative level.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The number of net additional staff recruited in DEFRA between June 2001 and March 2002 is shown in the table.

June to December 2001
Executive officer level Administrative level
Type of staff Headcount FTE Headcount FTE
June 2001
Permanent 0 0.07 -9 -7.29
Casual 111 108.95 131 129.57
Total 111 109.02 122 122.28
July 2001
Permanent 2 2.39 3 5.59
Casual 83 82.46 227 223.82
Total 85 84.85 230 229.41
August 2001
Permanent -7 -7.00 -8 -5.61
Casual 27 26.92 22 23.03
Total 20 19.92 14 17.42
September 2001
Permanent 3 3.00 19 19.60
Casual 5 4.46 -24 -26.65
Total 8 7.46 -5 -7.05
October 2001
Permanent 5 4.95 1 0.97
Casual 99 99.00 66 65.25
Total 104 103.95 67 66.22
November 2001
Permanent 14 14.00 10 10.43
Casual -99 -98.41 10 11.47
Total -85 -84.41 20 21.90
December 2001
Permanent 13 13.00 -7 -5.94
Casual -76 -75.46 -5 -4.22
Total -63 -62.46 -12 -10.16
January to March 2002
Executive officer level Administrative level
Type of staff Headcount FTE Headcount FTE
January 2002
Permanent 8 8.59 -27 -26.97
Casual -21 -21.00 -39 -39.24
Total -13 -12.41 -66 -66.21
February 2002
Permanent 12 12.05 23 23.46
Casual -25 -24.20 6 6.20
Total -13 -12.15 29 29.66
March 2002
Permanent 19 19.19 35 34.39
Casual -43 -42.02 -10 -10.00
Total -24 -22.83 25 24.39
Totals
Permanent 69 70.24 40 48.63
Casual 61 60.70 384 379.23
Total 130 130.94 424 427.86

The high increase in the number of casual appointments between June and October 2001 is due to the additional staff required to deal with the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

The figures for June to December 2001 relate to the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food only. Information relating to the divisions of the former Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions that transferred to DEFRA could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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