§ Bob Spink
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff in her Department and its agencies were seconded from the(a) private and (b) academic sector in each of the last three years. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The purpose of bringing people into the Civil Service from other sectors is to fill skills gaps and to add external dimensions and insights. For the individuals themselves, the secondment provides experience of another sector and an opportunity to enhance existing skills and develop others.
The following table shows the secondments from (a) the private sector and (b) the academic sector for the last three years:
Secondments from the private sector Secondments from the academic sector 2001–02 72 3 2002–03 64 1 2003–04 57 3
Letter from Claire Clancy to Mr. Bob Spink, dated 18 June 2004:
I am responding to your recent Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on behalf of Companies House, which is an Executive Agency of the DTI.
Companies House has not seconded any individuals from either the private or academic sector in the last three years.
Letter from Desmond Flynn to Mr. Bob Spink, dated 18 June 2004:
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has asked me to reply to you directly on behalf of The Insolvency Service in respect of your question (2003/3107) asking how many staff in its agencies were seconded from the (a) private and (b) academic sector in each of the last three years.
The Insolvency Service seconded one member of staff from the private sector during the last three years. The secondment ended in August 2001.