§ Mr. Duncan
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will list by grade the number of officials in her Department at grade 3 or above who have(a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1 May. 
§ Mr. Denham
From 1 April 1996, the Department moved away from grades for staff previously at grade 5 and above, to a system based on nine overlapping paybands. Posts were scored in a range of 7 to 22, using Job Evaluation of Senior Posts (JESP) methodology. Posts with a JESP score of 13 or above are considered to be equivalent to grade 3 or above.
Since 1 May 1997, no officials have taken early retirement; no officials have taken official leave; no officials have been dismissed; one civil servant in a post with a JESP score of 16 has changed jobs within the Department; three civil servants in posts with JESP scores of 13, 16 and 20 respectively have moved to another Department; no officials have been offered and rejected an alternative position within this Department or another Department.