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Small Change Big Difference

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department and its agencies have taken following the launch of the Government's Small Change Big Difference campaign. (72016)

The Treasury and its agencies support the Government's Small Change Big Difference campaign.

We have an on-site low-cost fitness centre, our staff restaurants have healthy eating options on menus, and we provide facilities for on-site low-cost therapies such as shiatsu massage.

We support fitness activities run by staff such as a yoga club, running club, football and other sporting teams. There is an annual sports day in July each year. In addition we work with our occupational health providers to seek other ways of encouraging healthy living and will be holding a well-being day in June 2006.

We provide a number of family friendly policies to promote work-life balance such as the opportunity for all staff to request varied working patterns and not just those who are statutorily entitled to seek alternative working arrangements.

We will be introducing a smoking ban in the Treasury building before the end of 2006 and providing help-line contacts for those who wish to stop smoking.

In common with other Government Departments we will continue to work with the Department of Health to promote further awareness of healthy life style options among our staff.