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Departments: Sick Leave

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years. (145980)

The percentage of working days lost within the Northern Ireland Office due to stress related illness in the last three years is as follows:

Percentage

2003-04

21.0

2004-05

13.5

2005-06

25.5

These figures have been taken from information supplied by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

The Department takes all absences, in particular stress related illness, very seriously and is currently examining any underlying reasons.