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Departmental Staff

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals work for his Department in the UK. (73625)

The Home Office, which includes the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and the Prison Service but not its other Agencies, is currently employing one foreign national under the terms of the 1955 Aliens’ Employment Act.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff changes there have been in the private offices of Departmental Ministers of State in each year since 1999. (73672)

This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2006, Official Report, column 732-34W, on departmental staff, how many staff in his Department have had two or more periods of sick leave of less than five days in two or more of the years for which he has provided figures. (84036)

I am advised that the number of staff in his Department that have had two or more periods of sick leave of less than five days in two or more years are show in the following table.

Staff who have taken two or more periods of sick leave of less than five days in the last three years

Number of staff

Home Office (including Immigration and Nationality Directorate)1

2002-03

5,515

2003-04

7,180

2005-06

6,113

Identity and Passport Service2

2003-04

1,438

2004-05

1,389

2005-06

1,463

HM Prison Service3

2003-04

10,756

2004-05

9,950

2005-06

9,438

1 Data are provided on the basis of staff having on average* two or more days per spell of sickness. The figures for 2002-03 and 2003-04 are based on calendar days, those for 2005-06 on working days.

2 IPS figures show periods of less than five working days.

3 HMPS figures show periods of less than five calendar days.

* ‘On average’ indicates a spell which includes staff who had a mean average of two days sick and not just two or more days in (each and every) spell of sickness in the period provided.

Note:

Because the material needed to be provided from archived reports run across the periods concerned on a particular basis (that of average values across the period) it was not possible to answer the question in the more precise form without disproportionate cost, in the time scale available.