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Departments: Sick Leave

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in her Department was stress-related in each of the last three years. (145975)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not keep statistics on reported cases of work-related stress, nor on sickness absences related to stress.

We attach importance to identifying and tackling causes of stress in the workplace. We published detailed guidance earlier this year for all staff and managers on recognising and dealing with occupational stress. Staff are able to discuss work-related or personal concerns with a trained welfare officer. In addition we provide access for staff both in the UK and overseas to a confidential telephone counselling and advice service.