UK Trade and Investment: Arms Trade

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what effect the transfer of responsibility for defence trade promotion from the Defence Export Services Organisation to UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will have on the number of (a) UK and (b) overseas staff employed by UKTI; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

UKTI is not an employer in its own right. For the majority of its civil service manpower requirements it draws on staff employed by one or other of its two parent Departments—BERR and the FCO.

The transfer of responsibility for defence export support from the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) to UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will result in approximately 240 full-time equivalent (FTE) posts being transferred to BERR/FCO. Of these, approximately 200 are in the UK and 40 overseas. The precise figures will be determined following detailed analysis of DESO's structure and staffing currently being undertaken as work on the transfer proceeds.

Of the UK posts, approximately 50 are filled by military staff who will transfer on loan to UKTI/BERR. The remaining approximately 150 UK-based civilian posts will be filled by staff on a combination of permanent and loan transfer terms from MOD to UKTI/BERR. The transfer will increase UKTI's UK presence from just under 900 to just under 1,100 FTEs (a figure that includes both UKTI's headquarters operation and its teams in the nine English regions).

Of the overseas civilian posts which will transfer to UKTI/FCO, approximately 20 are filled by UK based staff and 20 by locally engaged staff. The transfer will increase UKTI's overseas presence from approximately 1,250 to just under 1,300 FTEs.

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