§ John McDonnell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department of employing temporary staff through agencies was in each of the last five years. 
§ Fiona Mactaggart
[holding answer 31 March 2003]: The employment of temporary staff through employment agencies for the Core Home Office over the last five years is as follows:
£ 1999 6,500,408 2000 11,768,105 2001 20,669,056 2002 41,713,675 2003 54,466,279
The Stage 2 RAB Resource DEL for the Home Office over the same period was:
£ 1999–2000 7,076,102,000 2000–01 8,398,131,000 2001–02 10,261,856,000 2002–03 11,088,502,000 2003–04 11,836,009,000
Expenditure expressed as a percentage of the Home Office total DEL during the last five years was as follows:
Percentage 1999–2000 0.09 2000–01 0.14 2001–02 0.20 2002–03 0.38 2003–04 0.46
The Immigration and Nationality Directorate accounted for around half of the cost for each financial year.
The use of temporary staff provides the Home Office with cost effective, flexible resources which can be employed at very short notice. Their employment often allows the Department to react quickly to changes in the demands that it faces by deploying appropriately skilled and experienced individuals quickly to those areas of the business where they are most needed.