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Departmental Staff

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department have had (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days in each of the last three years. (73114)

The figures for the Department for Transport and its agencies for periods of sick leave of less than five days in the last three years are as follows:

Periods of sick leave

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Five or more

1,395

1,378

1,516

Four

780

733

919

Three

626

602

826

Two

1,044

1,066

1,525

The Department is committed to managing sick absence effectively and to putting in place the recommendations of the ‘Managing Sickness Absence in the Public Sector’ report. The DfT Board takes an active interest in the issue of attendance management, and a number of steps have already been taken.