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Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

Baroness Crawley: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, National Statistician, to Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, dated December 2009.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what is the average age of retirement in the senior civil service in each department. (HL501).

The Office for National Statistics collects data on leavers from the Civil Service as part of the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES). The requested data are attached at Annex A.

Annex A

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Civil Service Employment: Average retirement age of Senior Civil Service (SCS) by Government Department1
Permanent Employees
Years
DepartmentAverage age of retirement2

31 March 2008

Animal Health

..

Attorney General's Office

..

Border and Immigration Agency

..

Cabinet Office (excl agencies)

..

Central Office of Information

..

Charity Commission

..

Courts Group

..

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

..

Crown Prosecution Service

..

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

..

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (excl agencies)3

..

Department for Children, Schools and Families3

58

Department for Communities and Local Government (excl agencies)3

59

Department for Culture Media and Sport

..

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (excl agencies)3

..

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

..

Department for International Development

..

Department for Transport (excl agencies)3

..

Department of Health (excl agencies)

56

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

..

DWP Corporate Services

58

ESTYN

..

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (excl agencies)

55

Highways Agency

..

HM Courts Service

..

HM Revenue and Customs

59

HM Treasury

..

Home Office (excl agencies)3

58

Job Centre Plus

..

Land Registry

..

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

..

Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

..

Ministry of Defence

57

Ministry of Justice (excl agencies)

..

National Healthcare Purchasing and Supplies

..

National School of Government

..

National Weights and Measures Laboratory

..

Office for National Statistics4

..

Office for Standards in Education

..

Office of Fair Trading

..

Office of Gas and Electricity Market

..

Ordnance Survey

..

Parliamentary Counsel Office

..

Pension Service

..

Public Sector Prison Service

..

Scottish Government (excl agencies)

57

The Health and Safety Executive

..

Treasury Solicitor

..

UK Intellectual Property Office

..

Valuation Office

..

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

..

Welsh Assembly Government

50

Counterterrorism

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): There are no plans to place the Sufi Muslim Council's bid documents in the Library of the House as these documents contain personal information and information relating to competition for funding.

Crime: Northern Ireland

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal delivers guideline judgments on sentencing practice in Northern Ireland which support sentencers in determining the most appropriate sentence and encourage consistency in sentencing. Judges may also have regard to published sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, where appropriate. In addition, the Judicial Studies Board of Northern Ireland publishes significant decided cases on its website (www.jsbni.com).

Crimes: Knives

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): That is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Question

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The UK is deeply concerned about ongoing hostilities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Kimia II military operation, launched early in 2009, has provided mixed results. Limited progress has been made against Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), for instance reducing FDLR control of major regions,

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and its access to both markets and mines that have financed its activities. This has had a destabilising affect on the FDLR, with a subsequent increase in the number of FDLR personnel voluntarily going through the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration (DDRRR) process (close to 1400 have done so this year, far more than in 2008).

The downside to the activities of Kimia II has been the significant humanitarian costs, as the FDLR has carried out reprisals against civilian populations. According to a report by Human Rights Watch this month, 1400 civilians have been killed in military operations this year.

Since 1998 over 5 million people have died as a result of the conflict in DRC and the UN estimates that there are currently 1.6-1.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in DRC.

The UK has been promoting a comprehensive approach to ending the conflict in eastern DRC. This approach has included non-military activity, such as providing support to the UN DDRRR process (for example, through providing communications equipment). We continue to lobby the Governments of DRC and Rwanda to implement the peace process fully. We are encouraged by-and fully supportive of-the recent rapprochement between DRC and Rwanda, and see this as an important step towards tackling the instability in the Kivus.

The UK has also been active in addressing the underlying causes of instability in the region, including action against the illegal trading of minerals. Our development programmes in the region aim to support national reconciliation, tackle poverty, build economic prosperity and foster respect for human rights.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

Question

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) works closely with colleagues across the whole of Government on delivering the counter-terrorism strategy including colleagues within Government Office for Science based within BIS. There are two full-time equivalent civil servants in BIS working specifically on preventing violent extremism in further and higher education institutions.


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