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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hours (a) in total and (b) on average per employee were worked by civil servants in her Department in the last year for which records are available. (195823)

In the financial year 2006-07 we estimate that 3,670,000 hours were worked by civil servants in Communities and Local Government. This equates to 1,300 hours per employee. It should be noted that many staff will not have been in post for the duration of the year, or did not work on a full-time basis, or both.

The estimates are derived from the information on available staff years published by Cabinet Office in their report Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service.