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Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to change (a) the level of staffing and (b) the role of the Office of the e-Envoy; [105629](2) how many staff have worked in the Office of the e-Envoy in each month since its establishment; [105628](3) if he will make a statement on the work of the Office of the e-Envoy since its establishment. [105630]

The following table should have been used, pursuant to his answer of 3 April 2003, Official Report, columns 799W–80W:

There is no central definition of long term absence. Cabinet Office uses absence of at least 20 calendar days as a general guide. Numbers of staff with recorded absence above this level have been as follows:

YearNumbers of staff with more than 20 calendar days absenceNumber of staff in post
Records are not available for 1998.The Cabinet Office is committed to managing attendance effectively. We already have in place procedures recommended by the 1998 report "Working Well Together—Managing Attendance in the Public Sector"; and new procedures for proactive monitoring of attendance, where absence levels reach 10 calendar days in 12 months, will be introduced by the summer.Our target for overall levels of absence is no more than 6.1 days per staff year by the end of 2003.

Records of absence published in the latest annual report "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service" show that for the Cabinet Office in 2001:

the average absence per staff member was 5.7 days
54.3 per cent. of staff had no recorded absence