§ Norman Lamb
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long the arrangement whereby employees of BAE Systems work on secondment to his Department has been in place, and where those staff are based; how many employees of BAE Systems are on secondment to the his Department; and how many employees of other defence manufacturers are on secondment to his Department, with the number of employees per company. 
§ Dr. Moonie
[holding answer 21 October 2002]: The interchange of personnel between the public and commercial sectors is an important feature of the Ministry of Defence's long-standing programme to build stronger links with other sectors of the economy. This programme aims to enhance business performance by exchanging ideas, skills and experience. Encouraging interchange activities is a key part of the Civil Service reform agenda.
The information requested on inward secondees from defence manufacturers to the MOD is as follows:
Parent Company Number and location Total BAE Systems 3 based in Bath 6 2 based in London 1 based in Bristol Rolls Royce plc Both based in Bath 2
In addition, there are currently two secondees from QinetiQ, one based in Bristol and one based in London.