HC Deb 25 May 1995 vol 260 cc730-1W
Ms Hodge

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff of(a) the Scottish Office and (b) agencies for which the Scottish Office is responsible (i) took early retirement, (ii) took voluntary redundancy, (iii) took compulsory redundancy and (iv) were retired on medical grounds in (1) 1993–94 and (2) 1994–95; and what are the projected figures for 1995–96. [25503]

Mr. Lang

The information requested is set out in the table below. Staff numbers for the Scottish Prison Service are shown separately.

1993–94 1994–95 1995–96
(a) The Scottish Office
(i) Early retirement 35 30 25
(ii) Voluntary redundancy 47 144 100–200
(iii) Compulsory redundancy
(iv) Medical grounds 26 19 20
(b) Agencies
(i) Early retirement 3 4 2
(ii) Voluntary redundancy 3 12 6
(iii) Compulsory Redundancy 1 1
(iv) Medical grounds 3 31 6
(c) Scottish Prison Agency
(i) Early retirement 50 160 150
(ii) Voluntary redundancy 3 3 1
(iii) Compulsory Redundancy
(iv) Medical grounds 80 60 60
1 None expected.

Ms Hodge

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the annual cost to his Department of staff leaving under redundancy/early retirement schemes to incorporate (i) added years lump sum payments, (ii) redundancy payments, (iii) pension payments, including enhancements and (iv) any other special arrangements for(a) 1993–94, (b) 1994–95, (c) projected for 1995–96 and (d) projected for 1996–97. [25470]

Mr. Lang

The costs to the Department of early retirement and redundancies are borne from the Department's running costs provision.

A detailed breakdown of the various costs could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The total costs borne on the Scottish Office running costs in 1993–94 and 1994–95 were £900,000 and £1.5 million respectively. For 1995–96 the amount is estimated at £1.6 million.

For the Scottish Prison Service the total costs borne in 1993–94 and 1994–95 were £900,000 in each year and for 1995–96 the amount is estimated at £800,000.

Projections for 1996–97 will be determined during the coming public expenditure survey.

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