§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees have been seconded from Capita to the Department since 1997; for how long they worked in the Department; and what positions they held. 
§ Paul Goggins
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: public, private and voluntary. 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.
Over 100 staff are currently seconded into the Home Office. Since 1997, only one employee has been seconded from Capita to the Department, between 1 October 1999 to 30 September 2001. Details of the position held are not available centrally.