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Departmental Redundancies

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many redundancies there were in her Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each year; how many temporary staff were employed in each year; and how many staff were seconded by outside organisations to posts within her Department in each year. (95249)

My Department is committed to making every effort to avoid compulsory redundancies in line with the Efficiency and Relocation Support Programme developed by the Cabinet Office. Policies in place to achieve this include reviewing the use of agency staff and consultants, a redeployment register for surplus staff, looking to make savings through natural wastage, and voluntary redundancy schemes.

(a) The number of employees who have taken compulsory redundancy since 1997 is set out in the following table. These figures are for the period 1 April to 31 March.

Early Retirement

Early Severance

1997

118

251

1998

24

45

1999

3

0

2000

2

1

2001

0

0

2002

0

0

2003

0

0

2004

3

1

2005

3

1

(b) Information about redundancy costs is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate costs.

(c) The number of temporary staff (i.e. those on short-term contracts) in each year that records are available is set out in the following table. These figures are as at 1st April for each year and appear on the Cabinet Office website:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/archive/index.asp

Headcount

1999

502

2000

290

2001

450

2002

480

2003

470

2004

500

2005

497

(d) The number of staff seconded to the DCA by outside organisations in each year since 1997 is set out in the following table.

Headcount

1998

0

1999

6

2000

0

2001

1

2002

1

2003

1

2004

1

2005

1