§ Mr. Rhodri Morgan
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proportion of Civil Service staff of grade 5 and above within his Department(a) have spent their entire civil service career within his Department, (b) have had secondments to (i) the private sector and (ii) other departments and (c) have come from other departments. 
§ Mr. Hoon
There are currently 55 permanent members of the Senior Civil Service (the equivalent of grade 5 and above) in this Department. Of this total:
- (a) 33 have spent their entire civil service career within the Department;
- (b(i)) two have had secondments or loans to the private sector;
- (b(ii)) six have had secondments or loans to other departments; and
- (c) 14 have come from other departments.
Of the total, 35 had experience in another sector before entering the civil service.
The Department also employs three fixed-term appointees at Senior Civil Service level, all of whom have had experience in other sectors prior to taking up their current appointments.