HC Deb 19 June 1995 vol 262 cc128-9W
Mr. Milburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 2 May,Official Report, column 126, if he will provide comparable details on civil service early retirement packages on grounds of inefficiency. [29296]

Sir Paul Beresford

Inefficiency is a ground for dismissal. An immediate lump sum payment of up to two years' salary may be made where a Department judges payment of compensation to be appropriate. Where compensation is agreed and the person dismissed is over age 55, this may be forgone in favour of immediate payment of the accrued superannuation benefits which would otherwise be preserved for payment at retiring age. There have been six departures on inefficiency grounds in the past five financial years. Details are as follows:

Lump sum compensation payment
Year £
1990–91 None
1991–92 None
1992–93 17,468
1993–94 None
1994–95 33,354