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Working Hours

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy on (a) core hours and (b) flexible working hours is operated by his Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which his Department is responsible.[107649]

The working day is divided into band widths and core times. In the Department of Health these are:

Starting bandwidths07.00–10.00
Morning core time10.00–12 00
Lunchtime band widths12.00–14.00
Afternoon core time14.00–15 30
Finishing band widths15.30–19.00
Core time is the busiest part of the day when all staff are supposed to be at work. Absence during core time can only be with line management permission or for sickness or for some other unexpected reason which prevents someone being at work. These arrangements also apply to most of the Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies. Those with varying bandwidths and core times to suit their local operational needs, are listed as follows.The Pensions Agency have the following bandwidths which were with local Trades Unions(TUS):

Starting bandwidths07.00–09.30
Morning core time09.30–12.00
Lunchtime band widths12.00–14.00
Afternoon core time14.00–15.00
Finishing band widths15.00–19.00

The National Care Standards Commission—flexitime is available to administrative support staff on salary bands 1–5 inclusive, only with line manager's approval. The following bandwidths apply:

Starting bandwidths08.00–09.30
Morning core time09.30–12.00
Lunchtime band widths12.00–14.00
Afternoon core time14.00–16.00
Finishing band widths16.00–18.00

For other groups of staff that are not covered by the flexi-time scheme identified above, the commission supports the process of flexible working without the use of a formalised scheme.

The National Radiological Protection Board operate a similar flexible working hours scheme:



Morning core time09.30–11.4509.30–11.45
Afternoon core time14.00–16.0014.00–15.30

Heads of Departments and Directorates do not participate.