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Departmental Redundancy

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30 June 2004, (b) 30 June 2005 and (c) 30 June 2006. (175341)

To provide specific information would require a Department-wide trawl to ascertain total costs for all individuals who had left the Department on redundancy terms. This could be done only at disproportionate cost.

We hold information centrally on a Department-wide voluntary early release scheme which was launched in March 2005, in connection with the civil service-wide reductions required under the 2004 spending review. The total liability cost to the Department of individuals who left or are expected to leave on voluntary terms under the MOD Early Release Scheme (2005) is as follows:

Financial year

Amount (£ million)

2005-06

41

2006-07

48

2007-08

52