HC Deb 08 July 1982 vol 27 c198W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether she will detail the basis upon which civil servants may be dismissed from office; and how many have been so dismissed for the stated reasons for the longest and most convenient period of time.

Mr. Hayhoe

Civil servants may be dismissed for disciplinary reasons, discharged for failure satisfactorily to complete a period of probation or retired prematurely on grounds of inefficiency, limited efficiency, structure, redundancy or ill health. The following table shows the number of all such terminations from the non-industrial home civil servants for the period 1979 to 1981. No similar information about industrial grades is available centrally.

Non-industrial Home Civil Service
Leaving cause 1979 1980 1981
Dismissed on disciplinary grounds 130 110 140
Discharge during a probationary or trial period 440 500 370
Premature retirement 2,790 2,770 3,520

Note: Part-timers are counted as whole units.