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Departmental Homeworking

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in his Department have been able to work from home in the last 12 months. (189782)

The Department operates a homeworking scheme under which a person's home is formally designated as their regular place of work for some or all of the working week. At the end of December 2007, the Department had seven homeworkers.

Homeworking is one of a number of arrangements that the Department provides to promote flexible working, including part time working, flexitime schemes, job sharing, part year appointments, unpaid leave, and compressing the working week into less than five days. The use of information technology also allows many staff to work from home on an occasional basis.