Previous Section Index Home Page

20 Mar 2009 : Column 1377W—continued

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of
20 Mar 2009 : Column 1378W
employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the ARIES systems accountant retained by his Department via IT Works Recruitment were. [263981]

Mr. Michael Foster: The Department for International Development (DFID) contracted IT Works Recruitment to provide a Systems Accountant from 6 August 2007 to 31 March 2008.

DFID cannot comment on the salary costs as the Systems Accountant was not an employee. The initial contract value was £91,450. However, the contract was reviewed after three months and it was agreed that the remainder of the work would be undertaken in-house. The actual date of the appointment was 20 August to 30 November. The total cost over this period was £25,250 plus £4,927 expenses.

The Terms of Reference for the appointment included developing coexistence procedures and error handling mechanisms between legacy systems and the new ARIES system. The Systems Accountant documented coexistence procedures, reconciliation procedures, error reporting and took investigative/corrective action to resolve data quality issues.

Departmental Internet

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1879W, on the departmental internet, how many hits each of the websites maintained by his Department received in each of the last 12 months. [262838]

Mr. Michael Foster: The information requested is as follows:

Research for d evelopment (R4D) (http://www.research4development.info)
Month Page views Unique visitors

February 2009

41,639

26,608

January 2009

39,772

24,635

December 2008

32,646

19,895

November 2008

39,504

26,765

October 2008

34,251

20,586

September 2008

35,525

21,831

August 2008

36,429

20,576

July 2008

42,994

27,453

June 2008

34,934

20,483

May 2008

29,323

15,670

April 2008

28,008

16,315

March 2008

26,648

15,823



20 Mar 2009 : Column 1379W
Developments (http://www.developments.org.uk)
Month Page views Unique visitors

February 2009

23,841

10,546

January 2009

23,393

10,225

December 2008

17,014

7,429

November 2008

25,358

10,405

October 2008

31,224

11,410

September 2008

21,447

8,256

August 2008

19,678

6,684

July 2008

27,959

7,483

June 2008

18,535

7,387

May 2008

21,301

8,483

April 2008

28,687

9,646

March 2008

34,814

4,771


Departmental Manpower

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, whether his Department’s director of human resources is an employee of his Department; and what the (a) salary and (b) other employment costs of the director of human resources are. [263725]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The current Human Resources Director is a full-time employee of the Department for International Development (DFID). He receives a salary within the range prescribed by the Cabinet Office (£81,600 pa to £160,000 pa) for staff filling posts at director level.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, for what reason his Department hired an interim human resources manager from 7 April to 31 October 2008; and if he will make a statement. [263726]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The appointment of an Interim HR Manager, using a professional agency, meant that the appointment could be made at very short notice. It provided professional leadership during a period of restructuring, and also allowed the Department time to make a permanent appointment through a high quality search and selection process.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, what the career background and experience of the interim human resources manager hired from 7 April to 31 October 2008 was; and if he will make a statement. [263727]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The interim human resources (HR) manager had extensive professional experience in a range of senior positions in private sector organisations, including financial services, retail and pharmaceutical companies.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) location of employment, (b) dates of employment, (c) total days worked, (d) salary and (e) other costs of employment were for the commercial development and growth specialist employed by his Department via the Enterprise Partnership Ltd. in 2007. [263973]

Mr. Michael Foster: The Commercial Development and Growth Specialist (CDGS) was not an employee of DFID. A contract for this work was awarded to
20 Mar 2009 : Column 1380W
Enterprise Partnership Ltd. for the period 1 May 2007 to 31 October 2008. The CDGS worked 156 days in 2007 at a cost of £65,470, which includes fees and reimbursable expenses.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the Economic Adviser to the EC Delegation in Kigali, Rwanda funded by his Department in August 2007 were. [263974]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Economic Adviser to the EC was a consultant funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and located in the EC Delegation Rwanda.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the project manager—DFID laptop refresh funded by his Department in August 2007 were. [263975]

Mr. Michael Foster: The Department for International Development (DFID) contracted Allegis to provide a project manager for the Laptop Refresh project from 6 August 2007 to the 31 March 2008.

DFID cannot comment on salary costs as the project manager was not an employee. The value of the contract was £72,000 plus £5,000 expenses.

The Terms of Reference for this engagement included management of the project to replace DFID's existing laptops.

The project manager produced standard project management documentation which included project brief, project initiation document, project plan and regular progress reports. Other outputs included a fully tested laptop that represented value for money.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the Business Analyst 2007 funded by his Department via Allegis Group Ltd. in August 2007 were. [263976]

Mr. Michael Foster: The Department for International Development (DFID) contracted Allegis to provide an interim Business Analyst from 13 August 2007 to 30 September 2008.

DFID cannot comment on salary costs as the Business Analyst was not an employee. The initial contract value was £46,750. A further extension took the total value to
20 Mar 2009 : Column 1381W
£105,226 inclusive of management service fees. There were no other costs of employment payable under this contract.

The Terms of Reference for this engagement included business analysis, benefits realisation, information needs analysis, business process definition, requirements capture and promotion of industry best practice.

The Business Analyst produced a range of outputs which included Requirements documentation, Use Case and Workflow Diagrams, Test Scripts and associated project management documentation.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other cost of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of Alexander Bohr were for the duration of the funding by the Department of his work on information on EU development assistance in Nicaragua. [263986]

Mr. Michael Foster: Mr. Bohr was contracted by the Department for International Development (DFID) for the period 15 September 2007 to 2 May 2008 to carry out work on the project titled "Information on EU Development Assistance". The total cost of this contract was £46,229. The key objectives were to produce an EU Blue Book, accompanying CD Rom and an interactive, online tool to collect data on EU development assistance.

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) permanent, (b) agency and (c) temporary staff on contracts of (i) up to three months, (ii) between three and six months, (iii) between six and 12 months and (iv) 12 months or more there are in each directorate of his Department. [264298]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Details of staff employment at the Department for International Development are published in the Department’s Annual Report which is available in the Library of the House and online:

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) location of, (b) dates of, (c) purpose of, (d) number of visitors to and (e) total cost of his Department’s Health and Education Advisers retreat funded via HLSP Ltd in February 2007 was. [263972]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department for International Development’s (DFID) 2007 Health and Education Advisers retreat was:


20 Mar 2009 : Column 1382W

Departmental Pay

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, how many of his Department’s staff received remuneration, including bonuses, of more than £100,000 in 2007-08. [263887]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development paid nine members of staff more than £100,000 (including non-consolidated performance pay) in 2007-08.


Next Section Index Home Page