HC Deb 10 March 2004 vol 418 cc1614-5W
Pete Wishart

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's expenditure on recruitment advertising was in each of the last three years, broken down by publication; and what proportion of such expenditure was(a) to advertise vacant posts and (b) in the form of other general recruitment advertising. [155526]

Ms Rosie Winterton

Figures for advertising vacant posts are shown in the table.

Year ( 1 April to 31 Match) Recruitment budget spend (£)
2003 to date 146,331.25
2002–03 345,229.15

The figures shown in the table do not include the Department's agencies. Figures prior to the year 2002–03 are not available.

The figures for general recruitment advertising are shown in the table.

Expenditure (£ million)
2001–02 5
2002–03 4.3
2003–04 4.9 (estimated)

Details of where advertisements are placed are not centrally recorded, and can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Where advertisements are placed will depend on the nature of the vacancies or target audience.

The Department has a robust external recruitment policy which complies with the rules and requirements of "Minister's Rules for Selection", "The Civil Service Order in Council", Treasury and equal opportunity and employment protection legislation.

Mr. Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on recruitment advertising in each year since 1997. [156451]

Ms Rosie Winterton

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for North Tayside (Pete Wishart) today.