HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 c400W
Mr. Gardiner

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many employees of his Department availed themselves of early retirement packages and at what total cost in financial year 1996–97. [102976]

Mr. Wills

During the 1996–97 financial year 660 employees of the Department for Education and Employment (including the Employment Service) took early retirement at a total cost in the year of £11.8 million.