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Civil Service: Northern Ireland

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many of the posts identified in the Northern Ireland Civil Service workforce reduction plan for the period April 2004 to March 2008 were (a) filled by temporary, seconded or casual staff when identified, or were time or policy bound posts; and (b) how many of the total posts were due to disappear in the years ending March 2005 and March 2006; and how many of these posts were abolished in each of those two years respectively.[HL6744]

At 1 April 2004, 639 of the posts identified in the Northern Ireland Civil Service workforce reduction plan (ie funded posts within the 11 Northern Ireland departments and their agencies) were filled by casual staff.

Information is not available as to the number of funded posts filled at that date by temporary or seconded staff, or the number of funded posts which were time or policy bound.

The number of planned reductions in funded posts in the 11 Northern Ireland departments and their agencies was 311 in the year ending March 2005, and 763.5 in the year ending March 2006. On the same basis, the actual reductions achieved in each of these two years were 311 and 1,198.5 respectively.