Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th May 2019.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the EU; and what effect that secondment of staff has had on the effectiveness of his Department.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In the run-up to the 29th of March deadline, the Department temporarily reprioritised 532 people to further support critical EU-exit work. In light of the Article 50 extension to the 31st of October, the Department has revaluated its portfolio work and is in the process of deprioritising these people. Of the original 532 people, 167 continue to support this critical EU-Exit work as of the 28th of May. During this time BEIS continued, and still continues, to deliver on its diverse portfolio.

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