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Departmental Manpower

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in (a) his Department and (b) its shadow agencies which will be lost through natural wastage under his Department's financial plan for the Comprehensive Spending Review for 2008 to 2011. (252690)

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is committed to delivering £1 billion of saving by March 2011 and establishing a modern and efficient justice system that delivers the best possible service to our customers and the public.

We are looking hard at the services the MOJ provides and finding new ways to improve how we deliver them while focusing on our frontline services. We are also driving out inefficiencies, overlap and duplication and reducing our overheads, especially in our headquarters areas.

Centrally we have estimated that for the MOJ as a whole (excluding the probation service) natural wastage will drop from around 10 per cent. in 2008-09 to 5 per cent. in 2009-10 and 2010-11, resulting in around 8,000 exits in 2008/09 and 4,000 a year for 2009/10 and 2010/11.

Detailed planning at agency level to estimate exits due to natural wastage, and determine which of these posts will be filled through redeployment or recruitment, is yet to be completed. The Department is consulting with the trade unions and will continue to do so as the plans develop.