§ Matthew Taylor
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of recruitment of civil servants for the Department was in each financial year since 1996–97, broken down by(a) delegated or contracted out recruitment procedures and (b) recruitment procedures carried out by the Department. 
§ Yvette Cooper
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created on 29 May 2002.
- (a) The total cost of recruitment of civil servants, using contracted out recruitment procedures from June 2002 to March 2003 is £457,000.
- (b) The provision of a breakdown of costs for internal or Whitehall-wide recruitment carried out by the Office could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.
All permanent recruitment into the Office is carried out through fair and open competition and in accordance with the rules set out in the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Code.