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Departmental Redundancies

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library copies of the advice his Department provides to officials on (a) taking voluntary redundancy and (b) being made compulsorily redundant; what steps his Department (i) has taken and (ii) plans to take during the next year to reduce spending in his Department; and if he will make a statement. (95111)

Staff considering voluntary early departure or who may be made compulsorily redundant are able to access the Cabinet Office pensions website which explains the benefits available under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, and leavers are invited to attend either a pre-retirement course or a course covering job search, setting up a business and pursuing self-employment.

The Department's strategy is to become a more streamlined, influential, policy-making Department, with delivery through our agencies and arm’s length bodies. We are constantly looking at providing better value for money and greater efficiency in all our activities, but especially our own running costs. To this end, we are currently looking at how we can use our accommodation and ICT resources most efficiently, as well as examining whether our organisational structure is the most appropriate to deliver on our objectives in the medium term. This work will bring savings next year and in following years, and is being carried out as an integral part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.