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.
A breakdown of sums paid from 2004-05 to date, specific to the Department, is given in the following table.
|Total (£ million)|
The following table provides the number of staff that have taken early retirement/severance and compulsory leavers since 2004.
Details of specific grades of staff and percentage of staff in grades could be established only at disproportionate cost.