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Departmental Staff

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of regional variations in staff turnover in her Department. [112758]

Data on DEFRA's staff turnover (including regional turnover) are regularly collated and reviewed. This and other relevant information is being used to help formulate the Department's pay and work force strategies, including our approach to regional pay and relocation.DEFRA has offices at over 150 locations in England, Scotland and Wales, of which 43 are in London and the south east. The latest provisional figures covering the period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003, show that turnover for permanent and casual staff in the Department was 7.2 per cent. Turnover rates were highest at locations in the east of England, north west and west midlands.