Departments: Early Retirement

Health written question – answered on 17th July 2007.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Member, Defence Committee, Member, Standards and Privileges Committee, Member, Unopposed Bills (Panel) Committee 17th July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 17th July 2007

A breakdown of sums paid from 2004-05 to date, specific to the Department, is given in the following table.

Total (£ million)
2004-05 23.1
2005-06 6.5
2006-07 4.7
2007-08 4.9

The following table provides the number of staff that have taken early retirement/severance and compulsory leavers since 2004.

People number
2004-05 200
2005-06 33
2006-07 39
2007-08 55

Details of specific grades of staff and percentage of staff in grades could be established only at disproportionate cost.

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