§ Mr. Hall
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the private employment agencies used by his Department and its agencies in each of the last three years for which figures are available, indicating(a) the names of the agencies, (b) the numbers employed by the agencies in work for his Department, (c) the total cost to his Department of using employment agencies and the median cost paid to the agency per person recruited and (d) the average length of contract for persons recruited via such agencies. 
§ Sir John Wheeler
The information requested is as follows:
Name of agency Number of employed Total cost £ Average cost £ Average length of contracts 1993–94 Nil — — — 1994–95 Grafton Recruitment 5 28,491 5,698 16 months Premiere Employment 1995–96 Grafton Recruitment 19 132,975 18,266 111.08 months Apple Recruitment Agency Group 4 Securities Services Ltd. BNA Agency 1Excludes the BNA Nursing Agency whose staff were not employed on a contractual basis.