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Immigration Officers: Sick Leave

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many self-certified days of sick leave were taken per head by (a) immigration officers, (b) other Border and Immigration Agency staff, (c) police and (d) staff in her core Department in each of the last five years. (193120)

The number of self-certified sick days of leave taken per head by immigration officers and other border and immigration staff in each of the last three years are shown in the following table.

Number

Immigration officers

2005

1.70

2006

1.80

2007

2.04

BIA staff

2005

1.63

2006

1.47

2007

1.51

The periods are calendar years—2005, 2006 and 2007. Data previous to 2005 are unavailable due to lack of central recording. All data are obtained from the Home Office personnel system—Adelphi.

Police

The number of self-certified sick days of leave taken by police staff in each of the last three years are shown in the following table.

Days

Hours

2002-03

10.4

2003-04

9.6

2004-05

70.9

2005-06

69.3

2006-07

69.7

Data on police officer self-certified absence are not available. Data are collected for all sick absences and since 2004-05 is collated and published as part of the Policing Performance Assessment Framework (PPAF). Those data are the form of working hours lost to sickness and are published on the Home Office website. Data for and prior to 2003-04, are not on the same basis as those available for 2004-05 onwards. Those earlier data are the form of working days lost.

Core Home Office

The number of self-certified sick days of leave taken by core Home Office staff in each of the last three years are shown in the following table.

Core staff

Calendar year

Days

2005

0.68

2006

0.83

2007

0.89

Data prior to 2005 are unavailable due to lack of central recording of data. The information has been obtained from the Home Office personnel database—Adelphi.