asked Her Majesty's Government:
In the case of the Northern Ireland Office, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the Gershon review; what is the total departmental bill for each type of redundancy; and what is the natural wastage during the Gershon period to date for the department. [HL1062]
On (a) and (b), there have been no voluntary or compulsory redundancies to date as a result of the Gershon review. The department is on course to meet its target under the Gershon efficiency review. During the Gershon period, staff numbers in the Northern Ireland Office have increased from 1,817 in April 2004 to 2,074 in December 2007. However, these figures include staff in the Youth Justice Agency, the Public Prosecution Service and the Northern Ireland Prison Service which are considered front-line growth services and are excluded from Gershon headcount reduction targets. When these staff are excluded, the Northern Ireland Office headcount has reduced by 109, from 1,114 to 1,005.