HC Deb 03 March 2003 vol 400 c870W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects his Department to spend on early retirement packages over the next five years; and how much the Department and its predecessor spent on such packages in the last five years. [99053]

Mr. McCartney

Historical costs associated with early exits from the Department's predecessors are only available for the last four years.

2002–03 11,720,398 (to the end of January 03)
2001–02 15,850,518
2000–01 21,867,831
1999–00 24,227,124

These include the cost of continuing annual payments.

The need for early retirement packages is kept under review.

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