HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 c324W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department have been seconded to jobs in the(a) private and (b) public sector in each of the last four years. [31780]

Dr. Moonie

Secondments form a valuable part of the Ministry of Defence's Interchange programme, which promotes the exchange of individuals and best practice between the civil service and other sectors of the economy.

The information requested is as shown.

Private sector Private sector (DESG)1 Public
1997–98 28 128 8
1998–99 8 155 26
1999–2000 22 130 16
2000–01 13 104 6
1 The MOD's Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) arranges industrial placements for graduate trainees and students in engineering and science disciplines. These short-term secondments are recorded separately to distinguish them from those longer-term secondments from the Department to the private sector.