Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment and Rural Affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff his Department has recruited to conduct work related to the UK leaving the EU since 23 June 2016.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Over 80% of Defra’s agenda is affected by the UK’s departure from the European Union and as a result many roles across the Defra group are now supporting EU exit-related work, either directly or indirectly.

Since the 23rd June 2016 Defra group has recruited over 2200* staff including fixed term appointments, interims and some staff redeployed from elsewhere in the group. Over 2000 are already in post with the remainder working though pre-employment processes.

*(Data as at the 31st October)

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