HC Deb 31 January 2003 vol 398 c1077W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many full-time equivalent staff are employed in the Department; and what the figures were for 1997. [90667]

Peter Hain

Since the establishment of the Wales Office on 1 July 1999, it has been staffed entirely by secondees mainly from the National Assembly for Wales. As at 1 January 2003, the number of full-time equivalents seconded to the Wales Office was 42 staff.