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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 211W, on departmental conditions of employment, how many employees at each location took their two week break away from post (a) within their home country and (b) outside their home country in each year since 2002. (234293)

Employees working in Iraq and Afghanistan are entitled to a two week break away from post for every six weeks worked.

During a posting, employees can use each breather break to either return to their home country or travel to an alternative location.

The following table provides information on the number of visits taken in each of the last three years:

Two week break in home country

Two week break outside their home country

20061

45

17

2007

60

38

2008

61

34

1 Figures from Afghanistan are from March 2006

Information on previous years could be collated only at disproportionate cost.