Northern Ireland Office

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress is being made on the reduction of the number of employees in the Northern Ireland Office.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

The NIO has no specific commitment to reduce the number of employees in the department.

The CSR07 settlement reduced the department's administration cost budget by 5 per cent year on year, but these reductions have been reallocated to front-line service delivery areas, so may not affect overall headcount numbers.

The department allocated its CSR settlement across spending areas in January 2008 and work is ongoing to establish final headcount figures for the three CSR07 years.

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