§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff the Benefits Agency Security Investigations Service has employed in each area for each of the past 12 months; what is the full complement of staff at each BASIS office; how many of these posts are vacant; and how many staff at each area office have been with BASIS for 12 months or more. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
The information is in the tables.
The Counter Fraud Investigation Branch is committed to bringing staffing up to full strength in the next quarter and is currently recruiting.
Number of staff employed within BASIS for 12 months or more BASIS teams Number of staff Hinchley Wood 42 Canons Park 34 Birmingham 14 Nottingham 18 Leeds 18 Manchester 14 Cardiff 12 Liverpool 14 Newcastle 12 Glasgow 14
1. These figures include both administrative and investigative staff employed by BASIS.
2. Figures above as of May 2001.