Defra: Staff

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th November 2008.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether staff of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs may attend activities connected with staff networks in work time; whether they may claim expenses for so doing; how many such networks each member of staff may join; and what is the name and remit of each network.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality) (also in the Department for Energy and Climate Change), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Defra fully supports the work of all our staff networks. Successful, business-focused staff networks are essential to the successful delivery of our diversity action plans. At a corporate level they work with the diversity team to represent the views of staff in their diversity strand and to drive forward progress on our diversity strategy.

Part of this support includes allowing staff to attend network events in work time. Each staff network is allocated an annual budget. They agree with their committees how much money is assigned to support agreed events. All networks have to produce business plans which detail their expenditure (this excludes their members travel costs). Staff can join a network of their choice.

Defra has four networks:the Ethnic Minority Network—(for black and minority ethnic staff);DisNet—the Disability Network;Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network; andWork-life balance Network

Defra, alongside many other government departments recognises that staff networks are instrumental not only in providing a forum for mutual support, but also in advising on corporate and departmental functions, policies and practices.

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Bridget Hall
Posted on 6 Nov 2008 1:20 pm (Report this annotation)

The question about how many networks a person may join was not answered - or did he imply only one?
I would have equal need/wish to join 2 of those networks listed - would I have to choose?!