§ Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff from his Department are on secondment elsewhere; and where they are seconded. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
Secondments are part of the Interchange initiative, which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the civil service and other organisations. All sectors of the economy are involved: voluntary, education, health, public and private. Interchange provides opportunities for civil servants to learn new skills, widen their experience and develop ideas. It also brings in skills and experiences from other sectors.
A total of 539 members of staff are seconded outside the Home Office, including 429 to Centrex (formerly National Police Training) which used to be part of the Home Office.
Details of organisations are set out in the following table.
Number of staff Name of organisation Type of Organization UK 1 Lincolnshire health authority NHA 1 Cambridgeshire health authority NHS 1 County Durham and Darlington health authority NHS 1 Hull University 1 Oxford University 1 Taunton School Education 1 Kent county council Local government 1 National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders Voluntary sector 1 Bromley-by-Bow Voluntary sector 1 Parent Line Voluntary sector 1 Westminster Volunteer Bureau Voluntary sector 1 Vineyard Charity Voluntary sector 1 People's Dispensary for Sick Animals Voluntary sector 1 Oasis Trust Voluntary sector 1 Barnet Citizen Advice Bureau Voluntary sector 1 Runningmead Trust Voluntary sector 1 L'Arche Lambeth Voluntary sector 1 Southwark Mind Voluntary sector 2 Hospice in the Weald Voluntary sector 1 Princes Trust Voluntary sector 1 CLINKS Voluntary sector 3 Butler Trust Voluntary sector 2 Jill Dando Institute Voluntary sector 1 Commission for Race Equality Public sector 1 Audit Commission Public sector 1 Postal Services Commission Public sector 1 Thames Valley Partnership Public sector 2 Security Services Public sector 1 Cartwright Pickard Architects Private sector 1 Banks Hoggins O'Shea FCB Private sector 1 KPMG Private sector 1 COCA COLA Private sector 1 Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations Private sector 16 PITO NDPB 10 Youth Justice Board NDPB 429 Centrex NDPB 29 NCIS NDPB 2 Broadcasting Standards Commission NDPB
Number of staff Name of organisation Type of organisation Overseas 1 Department of Justice, Australia Public sector 6 European Commission Public sector 2 ENA Business School Strasbourg Education 1 Australian Institute of Criminology University 1 Lausanne University University 1 British Embassy Washington Public sector 1 Bulgarian Government Public sector 1 Department of the Solicitor General Canada Public sector 1 Citizen and Immigration Canada Public sector