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Departmental Overtime

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hours of overtime were worked by staff in each pay grade in his Department in each of the last 12 months. [221240]

Gillian Merron: The following tables set out the total number of hours of overtime worked by civil servants employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) during the period 1 July 2007 to June 2008 broken down by grade:

FCO Grade Civil Service Grade Figures in hours

Al

AA

7,805

A2

AO

34,378

B3

EO

30,414

C4

HEO

41,625

C5

SEO

17,510

D6

Grade 7

12,521

D7

Grade 6

4,129

Cleaner

671


2008 2007
Grade June May April March February January Decembe r November October September August July

Al

866

736

835

723

672

645

436

484

681

401

698

628

A2

3,299

3,336

3,340

3,210

2,423

2,814

1,720

3,661

2,859

1,844

2,678

3,194

B3

2,541

3,601

3,657

1,990

1,905

2,379

1,669

3,149

2,234

1,954

2,043

3,292

C4

4,075

3,470

4,484

3,322

2,926

4,068

2,457

4,322

2,893

1,770

3,380

4,458

C5

1,285

1,332

1,387

1,548

1,145

2,152

1,436

1,691

1,227

958

1,524

1,825

D6

1,479

707

1,638

979

888

1183

824

1,283

1,198

454

931

1,227

D7

298

747

426

666

110

182

338

317

234

178

253

380

Cleaner

110

111

29

36

31

24

71

47

65

53

94


Departmental Pay

Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average pay of (a) male and (b) female full-time equivalent staff of his Department who were recruited as fast-stream entrants was (i) five, (ii) 10, (iii) 15, (iv) 20
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and (v) 25 years after their recruitment at the most recent date for which figures are available. [198711]

Gillian Merron: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not differentiate fast streamers from other staff following their first two home postings. It is not therefore possible for us to supply the information requested without incurring disproportionate cost.

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department was in each month since May 2005. [199535]

Gillian Merron: The following table sets out the annual cost of salaries paid by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to permanent civil servants, to permanent non-civil servants and to temporary, agency or fee-paid workers during the last three years.

£
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

UK Civil Servants

254,713,000

258,826,000

262,746,000

Non- Civil Servants

426,000

640,000

781,000

Temporary/agency/fee paid staff

12,239,000

13,022,000

14,832,000


Unfortunately the data are not stored in a form which enables us to break the figures down into monthly totals.

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the pay bands for senior civil servants in his Department are. [221889]

Gillian Merron: Pay arrangements for staff in the Senior Management Structure/Senior Civil Service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) follow a framework set centrally for Whitehall Departments by the Cabinet Office based on recommendations from the Senior Salaries Review Body.

For the year 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009, the SMS/SCS pay bands are:

£
From To

Pay band 1

57,300

116,000

Pay band 2

81,600

160,000

Pay band 3/Senior Head of Mission

99,960

205,000


Departmental Procurement

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices. [220435]

Gillian Merron: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not have a policy of negotiating discounts for early payment to suppliers. The FCO
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attempts to pay suppliers within 30 days of receipt of an invoice and is now seeking to comply with the latest policy of paying within 10 days of receipt of an invoice.

Departmental Public Expenditure

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by his Department in each of the last three years. [213526]

Gillian Merron: The following expenditure, on art and new vehicles, has been recorded in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s fixed assets register in the last three financial years.

£
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Antiques and works of art

Total

2,597

69,967

Vehicles

Heavy Commercial

60,827

72,251

108,593

Light Commercial

267,783

367,449

231,181

Motor Cars

4,249,522

17,628,125

11,248,651

Total

4,578,132

18,067,825

11,588,425


Furnishings are not recorded in the fixed assets register. It would not be possible to provide the information required without incurring a disproportionate cost.

Departmental Temporary Employment

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full-time posts in his Department were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in each of the last three years. [200662]

Gillian Merron: In September 2006, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) devolved responsibility for hiring temporary staff to Directorates. The FCO does not maintain central records of temporary appointments of any length and could collate such information only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Translation Services

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in 2007-08, broken down by language. [205183]

Gillian Merron: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) procures translation and interpretation services from a range of suppliers, in the UK and overseas. Information on the total spent by the FCO on these services, and the languages involved, is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The FCO procures some translation and interpretation services from FCO Services: Translating and Interpreting,
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a business team within the FCO Services Trading Fund. In the financial year 2007-08 FCO Services: Translation and Interpreting delivered 171 translation assignments to the FCO to the value of £58,455. It arranged interpreters for events arranged by staff in the FCO for a total of 46 events at an overall cost of £77,816.


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