§ Mr. Donohoe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are operated by her Department as regards the use of executive search agencies to fill vacancies within her Department and her Department's executive agencies; and in what circumstances her Department employs executive search agencies instead of relying fully on departmental resources to fill vacant posts.343W
§ Mr. Sackville
There are no central guidelines on the use of executive search agencies in the Department of Health. The Department and its agencies use such agencies only when internal advertising and inter-departmental advertising are unlikely to produce the right number or type of candidates.