I propose to take Questions Nos. 263 and 264 together.
A second application for Ill Health Retirement from the staff member in question was forwarded to the Civil Service Occupational Health Department (CSOHD) earlier this month. All applicants for Ill-Health retirement are assessed by an occupational health physician and my Department is awaiting a decision from the CSOHD on this latest application. I would like to assure the Deputy that my officials will be in touch with the staff member as soon as this decision is received.
Furthermore, officials in my Department are liaising with the National Shared Services Offices (NSSO), who have responsibility for pay matters generally, in relation to why pay is being withheld from the person in question. On receipt of the explanation from the NSSO in relation to this matter my officials will also be in contact with the staff member directly on the matter.