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Departmental Redundancy

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of them in each case were paid (i) up to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000 in the year before they left; and how much (A) was spent in each of those years and (B) is planned to be spent on such schemes in (1) 2008-09 and (2) 2009-10 by his Department. (242251)

The Department was created on 27 June 2007. Since its inception, the number of employees released under the voluntary release scheme and the total cost over the remaining years stated are set out in the following table:

Number of employees

Total Cost1 (£ million)










1 The £9.2million shown in the table covers releases agreed and accounted for in 2007-08 and agreed release dates up to 2009-10.

2 Indicates brace.

Information on individual voluntary exit scheme payments to staff for each of those years is not available in the form requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

There have been were no compulsory redundancies.