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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many procurement card holders in his Department were (a) paid off-payroll, (b) employed on a part-time basis and (c) employed as a non-permanent employee in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12.
The information is as follows.
(b) The number of part-time employees who hold a GPC is not recorded and this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
(c) Only staff in FCO funded positions and therefore on the payroll can hold a GPC. The number of seconded staff filling FCO slots who have been issued a card is not centrally recorded.