HC Deb 24 May 2004 vol 421 cc1409-10W
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. [163632]

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:

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.