§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the functions of the Security Policy and Operations Department; how many staff, at what grades, are assigned to this unit; and how many additional staff have been (i) appointed and (ii) seconded in the last six months. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The aim and objectives of the Security Policy and Operations Division were set out on pages 32 and 33 of the Government's Expenditure Plans 1999–2000 to 2001–02 for Northern Ireland (Cm 4217). A copy is available in the Library of the House.199W
The Division has 20.5 staff across the full range of administrative grades from Senior Civil Service to D2. In the last six months an additional 1.5 staff have been appointed—none have been seconded.