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Departments: Early Retirement

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement. (148814)

A breakdown of sums paid from 2004-05 to date, specific to the Department, is given in the following table.

Total (£ million)

2004-05

23.1

2005-06

6.5

2006-07

4.7

2007-08

4.9

The following table provides the number of staff that have taken early retirement/severance and compulsory leavers since 2004.

People number

2004-05

200

2005-06

33

2006-07

39

2007-08

55

Details of specific grades of staff and percentage of staff in grades could be established only at disproportionate cost.