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Departmental Secondment

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) what secondments there have been to his Department from (a) industry and (b) the third sector since May 2010; what the (i) purpose and (ii) duration is of each secondment; and whether each secondment was to a policy development role;

(2) what secondments there have been to 10 Downing street from (a) industry and (b) the third sector since May 2010; what the (i) purpose and (ii) duration is of each secondment; and whether each secondment was to a policy development role.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office and is included in the reply.

Since May 2010, there have been 23 secondments into my Department from industry and one secondment from a third sector organisation.

These secondments ranged in duration from two months to two years, at an average duration of eight months.

Such secondment arrangements form part of the Cabinet Office's strategy to bring in expertise relevant to policy development, operational delivery or specialist areas such as procurement and digital delivery from commercial and third sector organisations, as well as the wider public sector.

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