§ Mr. Jenkins
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over. 
§ Alun Michael
Information is available from the date of the creation of the new Department (Defra) on 9 June 2001.
The percentage of new recruits to core-Defra, between 9 June 2001 and 31
March 2002, who were aged 50 or over, is 7.2 per cent.