§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what procedures she has put in place to ensure employment opportunities in her own Department. 
§ Ms Hewitt
[holding answer 24 May 2002]: All external recruitment into my Department is conducted under the principle of selection on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition.
Awareness of opportunities for employment is achieved by advertising openly in the press and on the Department's dedicated recruitment website, as well as at careers events.