§ Mr. Burns
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many executive directors of NHS trusts were(a) made redundant and (b) retired early in 2001–02 as a result of reorganisations and mergers of NHS trusts; and what the total cost of the financial packages was, including redundancy payments and pension arrangements. 
§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 22 May 2002]: Accounts information for 2001–02 will normally be available once validation checks have been completed by the Department in November 2002.
The accounts will include costs incurred as a result of redundancy or early retirement including associated pension costs. However, the accounts will not separately identify the numbers or the total cost of financial packages for executive directors who were made redundant or who retired early as a result of reorganisations and mergers of national health service trusts.