HL Deb 22 June 1998 vol 591 cc6-7WA
Lord Alderdice

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to introduce further voluntary early retirement schemes for officials of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. [HL2171]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs)

A small number of staff in some specialist grades may be released through early retirement/severance schemes in the current year. As a result of the anticipated release of prisoners a substantial early retirement/severance programme will be required for uniformed staff and some governor grades in the Prison Service.