§ Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the employment agencies which his Department has used to supply temporary staff in each financial year since 1996–97 to the most recent date for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently has an agreement with three agencies to provide us with temporary agency staff. These are:
Prior to our signing of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Framework Agreement on the employment of Agency and Temporary Staff in July 2003, no central records were maintained. To compile such a list retrospectively would incur disproportionate costs.