§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff left the service of his Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before attaining the formal retirement age of 60 years; and in respect of how many his Department and its agencies assumed responsibilities for making payments until retirement age. 
§ Ms Blears
I refer the right hon. Member to the central answer provided by my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, on 13 March 2002.
Information in respect of how many staff in the Department and its agencies assumed responsibility for making payments until retirement age is shown in the table.
Departures between April 2000 and March 2001 Health (excluding agencies) 117 Medical Devices Agency 0 Medical Controls Agency 0 NHS Estates 1 NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency 0 NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency 0 Total 18 1 Early retirement departures as a result of the closure the Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre, Birmingham (GYTC) are not included
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