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Departmental Staff

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its work force, (b) negotiate an age management policy with trade unions and employees to eliminate age discrimination and retain older workers, (c) identify and support training needs and offer older staff flexible working to downshift towards retirement and (d) extend to over-fifties the right to request to work flexibly and the right to training with paid time off; and if he will make a statement. (96504)

The Treasury carries out regular age audits of its staff and has established an age profile of its work force. All human resources policies are under review, in consultation with the trade unions, to ensure that they comply with the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff left his Department due to bullying, discrimination or harassment in the last 12 months. (97970)

There is no record of any member of staff of the Treasury having left the Department in the last 12 months as a result of bullying, discrimination or harassment.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of staff turnover in his Department; and what proportion of employees in his Department left in the last 12 months. (97971)

The latest available data on leavers and joiners is for 2004-05 and is published at the Cabinet Office statistics website http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/reports/2005/tables_and_charts/index.asp

More up-to-date information on total headcount and joiners is available in the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2006 at http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about/departmental_reports/dept_report2006.cfm