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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many working days have been lost due to sickness amongst employees for which his Department is responsible in each year since 1997. (218041)

The following table details the number of working days lost due to sickness among employees in the Northern Ireland Office in each year from 2000. Details are unavailable prior to 2000. The figures prior to 2004-05 do not include Home Civil Servants (HCS staff); however, they are included in figures from 2004-05 onwards.

Staff included

Total days absence

2000-01

NIO NICS

12,147.5

2001-02

NIO NICS

13,396.4

2002-03

NIO NICS

14,894.5

2003-04

NIO NICS

16,592.5

2004-05

NIO NICS and NIO HCS

18,364.5

2005-06

NIONICS and NIO HCS

17,313.3

2006-07

NIONICS and NIO HCS

18,631.8