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Departmental Dismissal

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff have (a) been dismissed and (b) had their contract terminated by his Department in each of the last five years; what the reason was in each case; and what the severance costs in relation to (i) dismissal and (ii) contract termination were in each such year. (290526)

The following table details the number of employees dismissed from DEFRA and its executive agencies in each of the last five years together with the reasons and associated costs where appropriate:

Financial year

Performance

Attendance

Misconduct

Costs (£)

2005-06

6

8

12

117,471.59

2006-07

10

1,2

9

32,407.90

2007-08

12

12

9

24,371.99

2008-09

6

6

8

120,841.28

2009-10

1

1

1

1

1 Withheld on confidentiality grounds

Notes:

1. The data are for DEFRA's executive agencies but not non departmental public bodies as sourcing this information can be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

2. Because of the small number of dismissals in these years, we cannot give figures because of the possibility of identifying individuals.

These dismissals were the result of staff undergoing procedures for unsatisfactory performance (including probation), unsatisfactory attendance and misconduct.

The Civil Service Management Code sets out the requirements for Departments to have procedures in place to deal with discipline, attendance and performance issues. All dismissals are conducted in line with DEFRA's misconduct, attendance and performance policies and procedures, which are available to staff via DEFRA's intranet.

The following table details the number of employees who have had their contract terminated as a result of redundancy in each of the last five years together with associated severance costs where appropriate:

Financial year

Number of redundancies

Costs (£)

2005-06

0

0

2006-07

22

400,000.00

2007-08

13

769,420.00

2008-09

8

200,000.00

2009-10

1

1

Notes:

1. The data are for DEFRA's executive agencies but not non departmental public bodies as sourcing this information can be provided only at disproportionate cost threshold.

2. Because of the small number of redundancies in this year, we cannot give figures because of the possibility of identifying individuals.