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Early Retirement

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Peter Ainsworth Peter Ainsworth Shadow Secretary of State for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November, Official Report, column 616W, on early retirement, what the grades are of those members of staff who have (a) been offered and (b) accepted early retirement.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 11 December 2007

Pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Hansard, column 616W:

(a) (i) the grades of staff to whom voluntary early retirement (VER) was offered in the six months to 27 November 2007 are as follows:

Number
Support Grade Band 1 2
Support Grade Band 2 8
Administrative Assistant 4
Administrative Officer 35
Executive Officer 27
Higher Executive Officer 21
Plant Health and Seeds Inspector II 1
Senior Executive Officer 20
Senior Professional Technical Officer 2
Grade 6 8
Grade 7 30
Senior Civil Service 3
Total 161

(ii) of those listed at (a) (i), the grades of staff who accepted VER offers are as follows:

Number
Support Grade Band 1 2
Support Grade Band 2 8
Administrative Assistant 3
Administrative Officer 25
Executive Officer 24
Higher Executive Officer 18
Plant Health and Seeds Inspector II 1
Senior Executive Officer 19
Senior Professional Technical Officer 2
Grade 6 7
Grade 7 30
Senior Civil Service 3
Total 142

(b) (i) the grades of staff to whom voluntary early severance (VES) was offered in the six months to 27 November 2007 are as follows:

Number
Support Grade Band 1 5
Support Grade Band 2 10
Administrative Assistant 11
Administrative Officer 50
Personal Secretary 3
Senior Personal Secretary 1
Executive Officer 69
Higher Executive Officer 49
Higher Executive Officer (Development) 1
Plant Health and Seeds Inspector II 1
Senior Executive Officer 16
Grade 6 1
Grade 7 13
Total 230

(ii) of those listed at (b) (i), the grades of staff who accepted VES offers are as follows:

Number
Support Grade Band 1 5
Support Grade Band 2 10
Administrative Assistant 9
Administrative Officer 46
Personal Secretary 3
Senior Personal Secretary 1
Executive Officer 63
Higher Executive Officer 47
Higher Executive Officer (Development) 1
Plant Health and Seeds Inspector II 1
Senior Executive Officer 12
Grade 6 1
Grade 7 11
Total 210

Figures on acceptances have been amended to reflect acceptances which have taken place since the date of the reply on 29 November 2007, Hansard, column 616W, referred to.

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