Departments: Early Retirement

Health written question – answered on 17th July 2007.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

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 Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

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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