§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the total cost of premature retirement payments in the northern region of the National Health Service; how many persons were prematurely retired; and what amount each received;
(2) how many persons in the northern region of the National Health Service who received premature reirement payments have subsequently been employed by the National Health Service within the United Kingdom;
(3) how many persons formerly employed in the Wessex region of the National Health Service received premature retirement payments; what was the average amount that was paid; and how many such persons have since been re-employed in the National Health Service in any part of the United Kingdom;
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
[pursuant to his reply, on 5 December 1983, c. 65]: By 31 October 1983, 27 officers in the northern region and 225 oficers in the Wessex region had been awarded compensation for premature retirement under the 1982 reorganisation. None of the officers from northern region and 19 from Wessex were recorded as re-employed in the NHS on that date.
Information on the amounts paid to individuals in particular regions is not available. The national figures of compensation produce averages of £3,469 pension and £14,598 lump sum.