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Parliamentary Written Questions (Correction)

Volume 555: debated on Thursday 20 December 2012

I regret that the written answers given to the hon. Member for Hartlepool (lain Wright) on 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 584W, the right hon. Member for Warley (John Spellar) on 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 711W, the right hon. Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) on 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 713W and the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Jonathan Reynolds) on 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 120W, contained some incorrect information.

The written answers pertained to the cost of exit packages incurred by primary care trusts (PCTs) and the information provided in the original answers incorrectly included a negative figure for one PCT, due to an error in compiling the figures for the annual report and accounts within the Department.

In respect of the answer given to the hon. Member for Hartlepool (lain Wright), a table showing the corrected figures is given below.

Category

2010-11

2011-12

£000s

£000s

Compulsory redundancies

87,911

83,106

Other departures

134,982

91,589

Notes:

1.“Other departures” include early retirements (except those due to ill health), voluntary redundancies, mutually agreed resignation scheme, pay in lieu of notice etc.

2. Voluntary redundancies are not separately identifiable from other departures; therefore, an overall figure for redundancies is not available.

In respect of the written answer given to the right hon. Member for Warley (John Spellar), a table showing the corrected figures is given below.

Category

2009-10

2010-11

£000s

£000s

Compulsory redundancies

4,457

60,367

Other departures

1,737

111,749

Notes:

1.“Other departures” include early retirements (except those due to ill health), voluntary redundancies, mutually agreed resignation scheme, pay in lieu of notice etc.

2. Voluntary redundancies are not separately identifiable from other departures; therefore, an overall figure for redundancies is not available.

In respect of the written answer given to the right hon. Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham), the corrected information is as follows.

The total resource cost of exit packages for primary care trust (PCT) staff leaving their organisation in 2010-11 was £172.1 million. A table breaking down this cost for each PCT has been placed in the Library. The total value of £172.1 million includes £60.4 million for compulsory redundancies and £111.7 million for other departures. The figure for other departures includes the cost of both early retirements (excluding those relating to ill health) and voluntary redundancies. However, it is not possible to separately identify the value of either of these costs from the data collected.

In respect of the written answer given to the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Jonathan Reynolds) on 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 120W, the corrected part of the reply is given below.

Information from the audited NHS (England) summarised accounts for the financial year 2010-11 shows that the total resource cost of staff exit packages for strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and National Health Service trusts in the 2010-11 financial year was £223 million. This figure includes £88 million for compulsory redundancies and £135 million for other departures. The figure for other departures includes early retirements (excluding those because of ill health). It is not possible to separately identify this cost, or the cost of voluntary redundancies from the data collected.