Wales Office: Brexit

Wales Office written question – answered on 5th December 2017.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour/Co-operative, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of officials to be employed by his Department and (b) his Department's payroll in (i) 2018, (ii) 2019, (iii) 2020, (iv) 2021 and (v) 2022 as a result of the UK leaving EU.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to the House of Lords European Union Committee on 31 October, how many civil servants his Department has (a) recruited and (b) expects to recruit to work on the UK's leaving the EU.

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

EU Exit is an all-of-government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepare for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning.

Staff in the Office’s constitution and policy teams lead on providing advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related issues. Members of staff across the department also provide advice and analysis on EU Exit issues as required.

Given the interactions between EU exit work and the Office’s other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure.

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