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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's rest and recuperation leave policy for civilians working in operational theatres. (226986)

Arrangements for rest and recuperation leave (“breather breaks”) are developed in response to specific operational needs and the changing context of each country. They currently apply to staff working Iraq and Afghanistan.

Employees are entitled to a two week break away from post for every six weeks worked. Breaks are usually taken within the employee's home country but can be taken elsewhere on condition that this is of equal or lesser cost.