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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days sick leave were taken on average (a) by staff in her Department and (b) in the Criminal Records Bureau in each of the last five years. (219047)

The following table shows the number of days’ sick leave taken on average by staff in Home Office headquarters and each of its agencies, including the Criminal Records Bureau, for the last five financial years.

Number of sick days taken by staff in the Home Office and CRB in the last five years

Average number of working days lost

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Home Office HQ

6.1

6.3

5.2

5.4

6.74

UK Border Agency (UKBA)

n/a

n/a

9.92

10.23

11.2

Criminal Records Bureau

9.6

9.6

8.8

8.6

10.79

Identity and Passport Service

11.1

11.4

10.3

10.1

9.21

Notes:

1. Data for 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 have been referenced from a previous PQ response on 11 June 2008, Official Report, columns 339-40W. UKBA have provided updated figures due to an error in the previous figures. Figures for 2003-04 and 2004-05for UKBA are not available as this information is not recorded centrally.

2. In 2006-07 the Home Office HQ included the following departments; Communities Group, National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR). NOMS and OCJR left in May 2007 to join the new Ministry of Justice, and Communities Group transferred to Department for Communities and Local Government in May 2006.