Prison Service:  Staff Entitlements

Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 1st July 2014.

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Photo of Brenda Hale Brenda Hale DUP 3:15 pm, 1st July 2014

1. asked the Minister of Justice whether all Prison Service staff who left under the voluntary early retirement scheme have received their excess holiday entitlement and will receive the same payment for excess leave as those who have remained in service, given that he may well be aware that some of those former staff are experiencing some difficulties in relation to their holiday entitlement. (AQT 1371/11-15)

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

I cannot give Mrs Hale the detail of that personnel issue.  I am aware that matters were being addressed, but I am not sure that I can confirm that everything is entirely clarified at the moment.  If she has specific issues that she wants to highlight now, or later by letter, I will certainly follow them up.

Photo of Brenda Hale Brenda Hale DUP

I thank the Minister for his answer.  I have specific issues, and I will probably speak to you outside the Chamber about them.  I am looking for confirmation that you will ensure that any staff member who took early retirement will not be unjustly penalised in the payment of holiday entitlement.

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

I can give a commitment.  It is my understanding that a number of people left with some holiday entitlement.  Whatever the Civil Service handbook prescribes for staff should be provided to them.  If it has not been, I will do my best to ensure that it is done rapidly.  I will take the details later.