HC Deb 11 July 1986 vol 101 c279W
Mr. Madden

asked the hon. Member for Berwick upon Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission how many staff in the House of Commons are now employed on a temporary basis; how that number compares with the same period in each of the last five years; how many staff have been made redundant in each of the last five years; how many full-time posts are occupied by staff recruited through, or employed by private contractors; and what are the equivalent figures in each of the last five years.

Mr. Beith

The number of staff employed on a temporary basis on 1 April in each of the last five years was as follows:

1982 20
1983 23
1984 28
1985 44
1986 27

There were no redundancies in this period. On occasions staff from a secretarial agency are employed for short periods. In the Refreshment Department shortfalls in staff are covered on a day-to-day basis by the employment of agency staff and in the summer eight additional agency staff are employed on the Terrace. None of the agency staff occupy a full-time post on a permanent basis. There has been no significant variation in these arrangements over the last five years.

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