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Civil Service: Redundancy

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants have been made redundant in each government department in each of the past three years; and what were the associated costs. [HL4071]

Information relating to the associated costs of civil servant redundancies is not collated centrally and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Information requested on numbers of civil servants who have been made redundant falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician, to Lord Laird, dated June 2009.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many civil servants have been made redundant in each government department in each of the last three years. (HL4071)

The Office for National Statistics collects data on leavers from the Civil Service as part of the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES).

The requested data are attached at annexe A.

Annexe A

Number of civil servants made redundant by department and agency 2006-0812

Headcount

Permanent employees

200656

200778

200879

Attorney General's Departments

Crown Prosecution Service

10

0

..

Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

-

0

0

Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers

0

0

0

Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office

-

0

0

Serious Fraud Office

-

..

..

Treasury Solicitor

..

0

0

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform(excl agencies)3

-

20

20

Department of Trade and Industry (excl agencies) 3

20

-

-

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service

-

0

0

Companies House

-

0

0

Insolvency Service

0

0

0

Office of Fair Trading

-

..

10

Office of Gas and Electricity Market

-

10

10

Postal Services Commission

-

..

..

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office (excl agencies)

-

0

..

Other Cabinet Office agencies

Central Office of Information

-

0

0

National School of Government

-

0

0

Parliamentary Counsel Office

-

0

0

HM Treasury

HM Treasury

10

..

..

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs

-

..

..

Valuation Office

0

0

0

Inland Revenue

Inland Revenue

0

-

-

Chancellor's other departments

Debt Management Office

-

0

0

Government Actuary's Department

0

0

0

National Savings and Investments

-

0

0

Office of Government Commerce

-

0

0

OGCbuying.solutions

-

0

0

Office for National Statistics4

0

40

110

Royal Mint

0

10

20

Charity Commission

Charity Commission

0

0

0

Children, Schools and Families

Department for Children, Schools and Families3

-

0

0

Department for Education and Skills

Department for Education and Skills

..

-

-

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

-

..

..

National Weights and Measures Laboratory

0

0

0

UK Intellectual Property Office

..

0

0

Office for Standards in Education

Office for Standards in Education

-

0

0

Communities and Local Government

Department for Communities and Local Government (excl agencies)3

90

20

..

Fire Service College

-

0

0

Ordnance Survey

30

..

..

Planning Inspectorate

0

0

0

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

-

0

0

Culture, Media and Sport

Department for Culture Media and Sport3

0

0

0

Royal Parks

..

0

0

Defence

Ministry of Defence

470

1,140

1,440

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

-

0

0

Army Base Repair Organisation

160

0

0

Defence Aviation Repair Agency

..

60

10

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

10

..

0

Met Office

10

20

..

UK Hydrographic Office

0

0

..

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (excl agencies)

70

40

30

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

..

0

0

Central Science Laboratory

..

..

0

Government Decontamination Services

0

0

0

Marine and Fisheries Agency

0

0

0

Office of Water Services

..

0

0

Pesticides Safety Directorate

0

0

0

Rural Payments Agency

-

0

10

Animal Health

0

0

..

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

0

0

0

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

0

0

0

Export Credits Guarantee Department

Export Credit Guarantee Department

0

0

0

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (excl agencies)

10

10

50

Wilton Park Executive Agency

0

0

0

Health

Department of Health (excl agencies)

10

10

10

Food Standards Agency

-

0

0

Meat Hygiene Service

-

20

50

Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

-

0

0

National Healthcare Purchasing and Supplies

-

..

10

NHS Business Services Authority (Civil Service only)

-

0

..

Home Office

Home Office (excl agencies)3

..

0

..

Border and Immigration Agency

-

0

0

Criminal Records Bureau

-

0

0

Identity and Passport Service

-

0

0

Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism

-

0

0

Justice

Ministry of Justice (excl agencies)

-

10

40

HM Courts Service

-

100

50

Land Registry

0

0

0

National Archives

-

0

0

Public Guardianship Office

-

0

0

Tribunals Service

-

..

20

Scotland Office

0

0

0

Wales Office

-

0

0

Public Sector Prison Service

10

..

0

International Development

Department for International Development

-

10

..

Northern Ireland Office

Northern Ireland Office

0

0

0

Security and Intelligence Services

Security and Intelligence Services

..

..

0

Transport

Department for Transport (excl agencies)3

110

40

10

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

0

10

80

Driving Standards Agency

0

0

0

Government Car and Despatch Agency

-

0

..

Highways Agency

..

..

..

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

-

0

0

Office of Rail Regulation

-

0

0

Vehicle Certification Agency

0

0

0

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

10

0

0

Work and Pensions

DWP Corporate Services

10

20

40

DWP Shared Services

-

..

20

Child Support Agency

..

20

220

Disability and Carers Service

110

10

100

Jobcentre Plus

230

260

970

Pension Service

30

120

400

The Health and Safety Executive

0

..

..

The Rent Service

-

0

0

Scottish Government

Scottish Government (excl agencies)

..

..

..

Communities Scotland

0

0

0

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

-

0

0

Courts Group

0

0

..

Fisheries Research Services

0

0

0

General Register Scotland

0

0

0

HM Inspectorate of Education

0

0

0

Historic Scotland

0

0

..

Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

0

0

0

National Archive for Scotland

0

0

0

Office of Accountant in Bankruptcy

0

0

0

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

0

0

0

Registers of Scotland

0

10

10

Scottish Agricultural Scientific Agency

0

..

0

Scottish Buildings Standards Agency

0

0

0

Scottish Court Service

0

0

0

Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency

0

..

..

Scottish Prison Service

-

0

0

Scottish Public Pensions Agency

0

0

0

Social Work Inspection Agency

0

0

0

Student Awards Agency

0

0

0

Transport Scotland

0

..

0

Welsh Assembly

Welsh Assembly Government

0

0

..

ESTYN

0

0

0

Total

1,420

2,000

3,770

Source: Mandate Collection and Annual Civil Service Employment Survey

1 Includes civil servants who have taken “compulsory early retirement” or “compulsory early severance”. Excludes civil servants who are over pension age.

2 Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten, and numbers less than five are represented by “..”. Data not available are represented by “-”..

3 Includes Government Office for the Regions employees.

4 Figures for the Office for National Statistics exclude field staff who were not Civil Servants at the reference date.

5 Data sourced from the Mandate collection, undertaken by Cabinet Office, which provides approximately 85 per cent coverage of Civil Service departments and agencies.

6 Survey reference date 1 April 2006.

7 Data sourced from the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (2007 and 2008), undertaken by ONS, which provides 100 per cent coverage of Civil Service departments and agencies.

8 Survey reference date 30 September 2007.

9 Survey reference date 31 March 2008.