§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff left the service of his Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before attaining the formal retirement age of 60 years; and in respect of how many his Department and its agencies assumed responsibilities for making payments until retirement age. 
§ Mr. Paul Murphy
The permanent civil servants in my Department are all secondees from elsewhere and so when they leave the Wales Office it is to return to their home Departments.
The Wales Office does not have any agencies.