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Customs (Cornwall)

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers were on long-term sick leave on 1 June of each year since 1997. (81099)

The number of former HM Customs and Excise (HMC and E) employees on the HMC and E payroll on long-term sickness absence on 1 June of each year since 1997 are:

1 June:

Number of absences

1997

308

1998

319

1999

311

2000

319

2001

349

2002

334

2003

334

2004

319

2005

289

2006

268

A long-term absence is defined here as one which has lasted more than four consecutive weeks.