§ Mr. Forth
To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. 
§ Ms Jowell
Since 1 May 1997, at the equivalent to Grade 3 and above in the Department of Health, three civil servants have resigned, three have retired early and none has been moved to different responsibilities. The three people that resigned left this Department in July and August 1997 after serving the normal three months' notice. The three early retirements were planned. All these moves were made without Ministerial involvement.