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Departmental Redundancy

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1557-8W, on redundancy, what estimate he has made of the annual payroll savings resulting from his Department's staff exit schemes in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09 excluding the cost of severance packages; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figures for 2009-10. (254475)

To provide this information in respect of all exit schemes run across the Department and its agencies would require a Department-wide trawl as information is not held centrally. This could be done only at disproportionate cost. Information on releases made through centrally-funded exit schemes is held centrally, however, and is shown in the following table. Information is shown at individuals' basic rate of pay at the time of departure.

£ million

Early release cost per annum

Estimated salary cost avoided1

2005-06

9.1

10.81

2006-07

16.9

33.14

2007-08

29.5

56.91

2008-09

238.6

75.5

2009-10

349.0

90.42

1 Based on notional cost of salaries avoided for those who have been released. 2 Projected costs, covering two major schemes. 3 Projected costs, covering two major schemes.