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Working Hours

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what policy on (a) core hours and (b) flexible working hours is operated by her Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which her Department is responsible. [107608]

In my Department and its agencies the standard working week is 41 hours gross (36 net of lunch breaks) in London and 42 hours gross (37 net) outside of London.It is left for individual management units to determine core hours on the basis of the business needs of the Unit. We actively encourage flexible working, both in terms of hours worked and in the way in which the work is done.Comparable information is not held centrally in respect of non-departmental public bodies and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.