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Departments: Home Working

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people in her Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement on her Department’s policy on home working. (143883)

As the information requested by the hon. Member is not held centrally, it could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

All Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff are entitled to apply to work flexibly. The Permanent Under-Secretary is fully committed to promoting flexible working across the Department, both at home and overseas, and has recently appointed a member of the FCO Board as the FCO’s first champion for flexible working. A growing number of staff at all levels, including senior managers, are working flexibly whether part-time, job sharing, working compressed hours or from home. New technology is being introduced to enable staff to work away from the office. Information on flexible working is available on the FCO intranet and a flexible working network has been established to offer support and guidance to staff working flexibly and those managing flexible workers. The FCO is a member of the working families organisation.