Central Office of Information: Manpower

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish the information held on the (a) Knowledge Archive and (b) Retain databases on the Central Office of Information (i) employee headcount, (ii) job titles in use and (iii) staff allocations between divisions in each year since 2006-07.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Central Office of Information. I have asked the chief executive to reply.

Letter from Alan Bishop, dated 30 January 2009:

As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question (249953) to place in the Library a copy of the information held on the Knowledge Archive and Retain databases detailing information on employee headcount, job titles in use and allocation of staff between divisions in each year since 2006-07.

The Knowledge Archive is an IT programme that categorises jobs by different headings such as type or subject in order to locate them more easily in our records. It does not have data about employee headcount, job titles or staff allocation between divisions.

Retain is a proprietary resource planning IT tool used in just one division of COI to help manage project workflow. It does not have data about employee headcount, COI wide job titles or staff allocation between divisions.

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