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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due to stress in each of the last five years, broken down by pay grade. (198965)

The most recent published absence data for the Cabinet Office are available for the 12 months ending 31 March 2007, in the Analysis of Cabinet Office Statistics. This is available on the civil service statistics website at

Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

In order to protect the confidentiality of individuals, it is standard Government practice not to publish records relating to five or less individuals. A breakdown of figures on absence owing to stress by grade and period of absence cannot be provided, since this may compromise the privacy of the individuals because of the small numbers involved.