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Departments: Sick Leave

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average number of days per year was taken by staff in his Department as sick leave in each of the last five years for which records are available. (143061)

Information on sickness absences in Departments is collected by the Cabinet Office and published on their website at:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/occupational health/publications/index.asp

The most recent published data available are for the calendar year 2005. The average number of working days lost due to sickness in DEFRA in 2005 and in the previous four years was as follows:

Working days lost

Total staff-years

2001

7.4

n/a

2002

8.7

10,320

2003

8.3

7,285

2004

7.5

7,483

2005

8.2

7,313