§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing how many people were made redundant in the National Health Service in 1979 and 1980, the total cost of redundancy payments and the minimum, maximum and average payments made in each case.
§ Sir George Young
Information is available as follows, in respect of employees who received a redundancy payment:331W
Calendar year 1979 1980 Number paid a redundancy payment 280 406 Payments—total £243,811 £519,203 Payments—minimum £56.15 £60.12 Payments—maximum £6,099.39 £10,288.89 Payments—average £870.75 £1,278.83
Information is not available in respect of staff, if any, who were made redundant and were not eligible for a redundancy payment. The main categories are staff over pensionable age and part-time staff with insufficient service to qualify for a payment.