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Departmental Dismissal

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many 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. (290591)

The information requested is as follows:

Dismissals

The total number of employees who have been dismissed in the last five years is broken down by category in the following table together with an indication as to whether severance costs were involved:

Number

2004-05

Discipline (without severance costs)

11

Inefficiency (with severance costs)

12

Inefficiency (without severance costs)

18

2005-06

Discipline (without severance costs)

28

Inefficiency (with severance costs)

11

Inefficiency (without severance costs)

23

2006-07

Discipline (without severance costs)

11

Inefficiency (with severance costs)

12

Inefficiency (without severance costs)

48

2007-08

Discipline (without severance costs)

14

Inefficiency (with severance costs)

19

Inefficiency (without severance costs)

18

2008-09

Discipline (without severance costs)

13

Inefficiency (with severance costs)

7

Inefficiency (without severance costs)

24

In addition there have also been seven other discipline (with costs) dismissals during the period 2004-09. However these cases have not been broken down further by category in order to protect the confidentiality of individuals.

There have also been a further 68 dismissals during the period 2004-09 for which details can not be broken down further. To do so would incur disproportionate cost.

The severance costs for dismissals are as follows:

Dismissals

£

2004-05

21,203.87

2005-06

50,154.11

2006-07

64,930.10

2007-08

170,515.91

2008-09

129,710.00

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency are unable to provide this information as it can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Contract Termination

The total number of employees who have had their contract terminated over the last five years is broken down by category in the following table:

Number

2004-05

Probation

28

2005-06

Failed training

8

2006-07

Failed training

7

2007-08

Probation

11

Failed training

6

2008-09

Probation

21

In addition there have also been seven other dismissals during 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.

However these cases have not been broken down further by category in order to protect the confidentiality of individuals.