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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the annual cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies, for each year from 1997–98 to 2003–04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004–05 to 2007–08; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Trade) (also Department of Trade and Industry), Minister of State (Department of Trade and Industry) (Trade) (also Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The cost of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) enhanced early retirement schemes from 1997–98 to 2003–04 is shown in the table. Final figures for 2004–05 are not yet available. However, as a result of a recent trawl for volunteers to help meet the FCO's efficiency targets, we estimate the cost of the early retirement programme between 2004–05 and 2007–08 to be around £30 million.

1997–98 2,824,767
1998–99 3,314,768
1999–2000 3,801,817
2000–01 1,871,688
2001–02 2,825,390
2002–03 2,983,651
2003–04 3,814,280

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