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Departmental Staff

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Attorney-General how many civil servants are employed in his and the Lord Chancellor's Department; what are their average weekly working hours; and how many are (a) on flexitime, (b)on job-sharing schemes, (c) on a four-day working week or nine-day fortnight and (d) able to retire with full pension rights at 60 years.

The Lord Chancellor's Department employs 9,947 full-time, 1,155 part-time and 961 casual staff. Full-time staff in central London work 41 hours per week (gross); elsewhere, 42 hours. Part-time staff work, on average, 24 hours a week. The decision to take part in a flexitime scheme is a personal one and no central record of numbers is kept. However, 208 offices operate a flexible working hours scheme, while 218 offices have elected to continue with fixed hours. Forty-six members of staff job share and four applications are pending. No applications have been refused. Details of the individual patterns of work are not kept centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost, but 1,040 staff work between 10 and 30 hours a week and 104 between 31 and 35 hours a week. A total of 11,075 are entitled to retire with a pension at the age of 60, the amount of pension payable being calculated on the period of reckonable service completed.Eighteen civil servants are employed in the Law Officers' Department. All are full-time and work 41 hours per week (gross). None is on flexitime, on job-sharing schemes or on a four-day working week or nine-day fortnight. All are entitled to retire with a pension at the age of 60, the amount of pension payable being calculated on the period of reckonable service completed.