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Prison Service: Sick Leave

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much sick leave (a) prison officers and (b) other staff in each of the Welsh prison establishments (i) took in each year since 1997 and (ii) have taken in 2007 to date. (162793)

Information on the total amount of sickness absence taken by officer grade staff and all other grades in Welsh prisons is shown in the following tables.

Sickness absence taken in Welsh prisons (public sector)

Cardiff working days lost

Swansea working days lost

Usk/Prescoed working days lost

Year1

Total

Per person

Total

Per person

Total

Per person

Prison officers, senior officers and principal officers

1999-2000

3,450

14.7

2,769

21.1

574

6.9

2000-01

3,609

16.0

2,099

16.9

272

3.2

2001-02

3,018

13.4

1,751

13.9

594

6.8

2002-03

2,205

9.7

1,640

12.9

944

11.0

2003-04

1,899

7.9

1,369

10.5

477

5.4

2004-05

1,877

7.4

11,453

10.0

239

2.6

2005-06

2,616

10.4

2,142

13.8

798

8.5

2006-07

2,630

10.5

1,861

12.2

1,246

13.1

April to September 20072

1,221

9.4

934

12.3

569

12.4

Other staff

1999-2000

1,301

10.2

1,368

17.5

724

8.8

2000-01

1,433

10.5

951

11.6

811

9.2

2001-02

1,549

9.2

902

8.3

846

8.0

2002-03

1,357

7.3

2,581

24.6

564

5.0

2003-04

1,641

8.2

1,730

15.7

586

4.9

2004-05

1,626

7.9

1,307

11.6

1,074

8.1

2005-06

1,882

8.7

1,484

11.3

1,409

9.5

2006-07

2,194

9.9

1,379

10.3

1,513

9.1

April to September 20072

949

9.5

446

6.7

360

5.2

1 Within the public sector reliable sickness absence data is only available from 1999-2000. 2 For 2007-08 the rate per person is an annualised rate.

Sickness absence taken at HMP Parc (private sector)

Parc1 working days lost

Officers

Other staff

1997

104

22

1998

932

278

1999

1,032

378

2000

1,615

398

2001

1,931

938

2002

2,572

1,177

2003

2,941

1,130

2004

3,312

1,458

2005

2,950

1,696

2006

2,209

1,280

2007

1,683

1,189

1 Rate per person is not available.