Civil Service: Redeployment

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th March 2010.

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Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee - Shadow Minister (Maritime and Shipping), Shadow Minister

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence civil servants are in a redeployment pool.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence civil servants working in Greater London are in a redeployment pool.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Defence and Security) (also in the Ministry of Defence), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (International Defence and Security) (also in Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Ministry of Defence manages its surplus staff by using the Redeployment Pool (RDP). This service enables those who are or who will become surplus to be given priority consideration for vacancies. Staff in the RDP usually continue working in their last directorate or are redeployed to cover short-term tasks. On average, staff spend six months in the RDP before finding a post or leaving the department. The RDP is also used by civilian staff returning from overseas postings, including in operational theatres. At 1 January 2010 there were 1,525 employees in the RDP, of which 155 were working in the London Government Office Region.

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