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Departments: Early Retirement

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her 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. (148811)

There are a number of areas in the Home Office that have run early retirement schemes. Details of staff numbers in each scheme, the grades of staff who took early retirement and the percentage of each grade that took early retirement are not centrally available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Overall cost figures are available and published in the Home Office consolidated resource accounts. The following table shows the provisions made each year for the full costs of new cases of early departures, since 2002-03.

Final figures for 2006-07 will be published in the Home Office resource accounts, expected in September 2007.

Total (£000)1

2002-03

16,135

2003-04

9,774

2004-05

52,707

2005-06

22,369

1 Includes totals for the core department, agencies and the 42 local probation boards but not the NDPBs.