§ Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. 
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The information requested is as follows:
Financial year Cost of recruitment (£) 1997–98 995,293 1998–99 1,622,811 1999–2000 1,999,803 2000–01 2,543,387
Financial year Cost of recruitment (£) 2001–02 2,791,659 2002–03 2,276,708 2003–04 (To date) 1,341,832
The figures in the table include money spent on recruitment in its widest sense. This includes general marketing via careers fairs, as well as targeted marketing and newspaper advertising aimed at under-represented groups such as minority ethnic communities and women. Recruitment agencies are involved in most of our recruitment campaigns. A break down of the figures for money spent on contracted recruitment procedures and for money spent directly by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office over the period requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.