§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff were seconded from the private sector to her Department in(a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded. 
§ Mr. Stringer
The numbers of private sector secondees to the Cabinet Office over the last three years follow.
- (a) For the period May 1997 to April 1998, five staff were seconded in from BT, Lloyds Bank plc, Marks & Spencer plc, Nat West Bank plc, and KPMG.
- (b) For the period May 1998 to April 1999, six staff were seconded in from Andersen Consulting, Marks & Spencer plc, McKinsey & Co., Nat West Bank plc, and Price Waterhouse.
- (c) From May 1999, 16 staff are, or have been, seconded in from Andersen Consulting, Barclays Bank plc, BT, Carillion, Hay Management Consultants, KPMG, Marks & Spencer plc, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft Corporation, Nat West Bank plc, Oracle plc, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever, Wragge & Co. Solicitors, and Zurich Financial Services.