§ Mr. Donohoe
To ask the President of the Board of Trade in what circumstances his Department or its executive agencies uses an executive search or employment agency to recruit staff in preference to using personnel staff within his own Department or its executive agencies. 
Mr. John M. Taylor
This Department uses executive search agencies under the supervision of its personnel staff to help recruit staff to the senior civil service to improve the effectiveness of the DTI in meeting its objectives and to broaden the skills base at senior management levels. Such agencies work strictly in accordance with the code of practice drawn up by the civil service commissioners. Recruitment at other levels has been negligible.