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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which figures are available. (187870)

The Cabinet Office published a report on sickness absence in the civil service on 7 February 2008. The report included an analysis of the days lost due to sickness absence for each Department by reasons for absence. The following table sets out the figures for 2006-07 for the constituent parts of this Department, which were in place prior to the creation of the Ministry of Justice in May 2007.

Total days lost (number)

Proportion lost to mental disorders1(percentage)

Magistrates Court Committee

106,438

19

HM Courts Service

60,911

17

Former Department for Constitutional Affairs

9,689

14

Tribunal Service

7,681

13

Office of the Public Guardian

1,066

38

Scotland Office

121

0

Wales Office

95

6

National Offender Management Service

11,135

20

Office of Criminal Justice Reform

1,347

29

HM Prison Service1

573,881

22

1 22 per cent. of working days lost recorded for the public sector Prison Service in 2006-07 were attributable to mental and behavioural disorders, which include stress-related conditions.