HC Deb 10 July 1996 vol 281 c167W
Ms Armstrong

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what expenditure his Department has incurred on redundancy payments; and what future additional pension liabilities have been incurred by early retirement within his Department since 1990. [36021]

Sir Paul Beresford

There have been no compulsory redundancies in my Department during this period. The total cost since 1990 of early retirements on voluntary terms and of severance payments to staff leaving before the age of 50 on such terms is:

DOE and next steps agencies 7.9
Property Services Agency 243.3

These figures are net of Treasury funding—that is, 80 per cent.—of the cost of departures occurring after 1 October 1994.

Ms Armstong

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the reduction of staff in his Department since 1990; and how many staff have left as a result of(a) competitive tendering from the Department's services, (b) transfers under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 to next steps agencies, (c) premature retirement and (d) redundancy. [36022]

Sir Paul Beresford

The numbers of staff employed by my Department have been reducing since 1990. The figures are published in my Department's annual report, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.

Included in these figures are departures from. DOE (central) and the Government offices since 1990 in the following categories:

  1. (a) competitive tendering from the Department's services: 24
  2. (b) transfers under TUPE to next steps agencies: 0
  3. (c) premature retirement: 436
  4. (d) redundancy: 0

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