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Departments: Redundancy

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (123931)

There have been no redundancies in the Department since 1997 and we remain committed to minimise recourse to compulsory redundancies. Nonetheless, there have been voluntary early releases. From the 1997-98 financial year to the end of the 2006-07 financial year the total cost to the Department, arising from the provisions of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, were as follows:

Financial year

Total cost to DfES (£ million)

1997-98

5.15

1998-99

2.73

1999-2000

4.237

2000-01

4.06

2001-02

6.142

2002-03

5.57

2003-04

2.54

2004-05

17.1

2005-06

15.1

2006-07

10.553

For the financial year 2007-08, the Department has committed £2.591 million for voluntary early releases and there is currently nothing further planned.

The Department has had no agencies since 2001 and agency information for the financial years 1997 to 2001 is not held centrally.