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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in each of the last three years; and what percentage this represented of the total number of staff in each case. (75105)

These issues are dealt with at local level and to obtain this information from each unit would incur disproportionate cost. However, for those staff covered by the MOD main pay deal (around 66,000 staff) this information is captured at the end of the staff reporting year to inform pay rises.

Figures for the last three years for which figures are available are:

Number

2002-03

140

2003-04

64

2004-05

120

1 Excluding industrial staff who were not recorded in this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his staff are (a) under and (b) over 55 years of age. (77275)

The number of staff who are under and over 55 years of age on 1 January and 1 April 2006 are shown as follows.

Headcount strength of staff under/over 55 years of age

January 2006

April 2006

Under 55

70,780

69,690

Over 55

19,000

18,940

Unknown1

20

30

Royal Fleet Auxiliaries1

2,350

2,340

Locally engaged civilians1

16,150

16,790

Departmental total

108,300

107,800

1 information on the date of births of a small number of records, the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries and locally engaged civilians are not available centrally. Note: The values and totals are rounded separately to the nearest 10 and the sum of the rounded data may not equal the rounded sum.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people over the age of 55 years have been recruited into his Department in each of the last three years. (77276)

The number of people over the age of 55 years that have been recruited into the MOD in each of the last three years is shown as follows.

Headcount

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Under 55 when recruited

8,640

6,780

4,410

Over 55 when recruited

940

690

410

Unknown1

20

20

10

Departmental total

9,600

7,490

4,830

1 A small number of staff have no date of birth recorded. Notes: 1. The values and totals are rounded separately so the sum of the rounded values may not equal the rounded sum. 2. These values exclude Royal Fleet Auxiliary and locally engaged civilians.