§ Mr. Forth
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many civil servants in his Department at grade 3 or above have(a) resigned, (b) retired before pensionable age and (c) moved to different responsibilities within the Department since 1 May 1997; if he will indicate the Ministers to whom each was responsible; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Morley
Since 1 May 1997 there have been no resignations. One member of the Senior Civil Service in the Department retired before pensionable age; he had responsibilities to my noble Friend the Minister responsible for Farming and the Food Industry, Lord Donoughue, and myself. No senior staff have changed responsibility.