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Working Hours

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average working hours were for personnel in the Royal Air Force in each year since 2001. (105673)

The information requested is not held centrally. However, the Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA) carries out a continuous survey of working patterns, which is used to provide estimates of average hours worked. A time series of these estimates from 2001-02 to 2005-06 is shown in the following table.

Survey estimates of average weekly hours worked by trained personnel in the Royal Air Force

Financial year

Hours

2001-02

42.0

2002-03

42.8

2003-04

43.0

2004-05

42.9

2005-06

42.2

Note:

The figures are derived from individual sample surveys conducted each year and as such will be subject to the normal statistical variation. Analysis comparing figures between years are available in the continuous working patterns survey reports held in the House of Commons Library.