House of Lords: Staff

The Lord Chairman of Committees written question – answered on 6th February 2015.

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To ask the Chairman of Committees how many staff working on the House of Lords estate and undertaking work for the House of Lords Administration are (1) employed directly by the House of Lords, and (2) employed indirectly through third parties; and whether there are any plans to change the number of staff employed indirectly through third parties.

Photo of Lord Sewel Lord Sewel Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Freedom of Information Advisory Panel (Lords), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Procedure and Privileges Committee, Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Accommodation Steering Group Committee, Chair, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence, Chairman of Committees, House of Lords, Deputy Speaker (Lords), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Procedure and Privileges Committee, Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords)

The House of Lords Administration directly employs 572 staff (including part-time staff); a small number of these staff may not necessarily work all the time on the estate.

The number of staff employed indirectly through third parties is not centrally counted but the two Houses have a contract for approximately 180 office and property service staff employed through an agency (whose work is not necessarily confined to the Lords estate) and the Catering and Retail Services of the House of Lords employed 321 agency staff in 2014 for a total of 16,732 hours to supplement their core workforce.

The above figures do not include shared services and joint departments where the House of Commons is responsible for their employment, such as Parliamentary ICT and the Parliamentary Estates Directorate.

The House also employs, from time-to-time, consultant staff.

Presently there are no plans to change the number of staff employed indirectly through third parties.

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