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Mental Health

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his staff retired on medical grounds due to mental health problems in the last year. [111962]

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is unable to provide this information, as it would infringe individual privacy. The identity of individuals and their medical history should remain private, especially when the numbers involved may be so low that identification is easy to achieve.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his staff have taken sick leave due to mental health problems in the last year. [111985]

In the last financial year 157 staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office took sick leave due to mental health problems. Our definition of mental health illness includes depression/mental illness and stress.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many sick days were lost over the last year by his Department through staff mental health problems. [111999]

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office had 157 incidents of mental health absence in the last financial year. An incident is defined as one continuous absence period. We are unable to provide a full breakdown of days lost to mental health absence without incurring disproportionate costs. Our definition of mental health illness includes depression/mental illness and stress.