Home Department written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the cost of redundancies in her Department arising from the conclusions of the Gershon review.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

It is not possible to identify the number of early departures, the exact nature and circumstances of individual departures or associated costs that have occurred in the Home Office as a direct result of the Gershon review without incurring a disproportionate cost.

Central information held on early departures does not distinguish between those who might have been compelled to leave the Department on compulsory redundancy terms, and those who wished to leave voluntarily on similar terms. It would be necessary to review individual files to extract the information requested.

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