§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of regional variations in staff turnover in his Department. 
§ Maria Eagle
Information on turnover by Government office region in the Department for Work and Pensions for the year ending 31 December 2002 is in the following table. The overall turnover rate and the variation between regions have been stable since the Department's formation in June 2001.
Percentage Region Wastage rate East Midlands 7.7 East of England 8.5 London 8.6 North East 4.7 NorthWest 7.1 Scotland 6.0 South East 9.9 South West 8.7 Wales 6.4 West Midlands 6.9 Yorkshire and the Huniber 6.0 Total 7.1