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Working Hours

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to improve the balance of working and non-working hours for people in full-time employment. (142684)

In April we extended the right to request flexible working to carers of adults. Over six million employees are now eligible to work flexibly. Latest data (summer 2006) show that 80 per cent. of all requests are agreed and that 87 per cent. of all employees are satisfied with their current working pattern.

Last week we laid regulations before the House to increase the holiday entitlement to give time off for bank holidays. These regulations will benefit six million workers who currently get less than 28 days' holiday a year, pro rata for part-time staff.