Skip to main content

Northern Ireland

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009


To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) 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 (Y) his Department and its predecessor (Z) each of his Department's agencies; (237345)

(2) how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since 2005-06 received a severance package of (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; and if he will make a statement.

[Official Report, 25 November 2008, Vol. 483, c. 1163-64W.]

Letter of correction from Shawn Woodward:

An error has been identified in the answer given to the hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on 25 November 2008.

The answer included a table which displayed figures for payments made to staff who left under early retirement. The answer gave the overall number of staff leaving service as 40. The correct figure should have been 12 as the table showed the number of payments made to staff, in the years requested, as opposed to the number of staff leaving per year. The table therefore gave a cumulative figure, including the payments made to staff in the years requested, who had left service prior to 2005-06.

The correct table should have been:

Up to £25,000

£25,001 to £50,000

£50,001 to £75,000

£75,001 to £100,000

Over £100,000














1 Three staff left, however, no payments were made to one of the staff until the next financial year