Government Departments: Staff

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Shadow Chief Whip (Lords), Deputy Chairman of Committees

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff have been employed on temporary or short-term contracts since 12 May to support the Attorney General; what are the names of those employed; at what grade and what level of remuneration they were employed; and what selection criteria were used to determine their suitability for the post.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), Lords Spokesperson (Wales Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

The Attorney-General's Office (AGO) has not employed any new staff on temporary or short-term contracts since 12 May 2010.

As at 12 May 2010 the AGO employed one temporary member of staff (agency) up until 30 July 2010, and one person on a fixed term contract, who is still employed under that contract. The AGO measures suitability for posts by assessing applicants against a role specific competency framework which details skills and experience needed for the role.

Before May 2010 the AGO occasionally employed agency workers to cover short term administrative needs, and such workers were appointed following an assessment of applicable skills.

Information such as name, grade and remuneration for both posts cannot be disclosed on grounds of staff confidentiality.

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