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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement. (252013)

All staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice, who remain their employers.

The matter of granting time off in lieu is delegated to Departments to determine under the civil service management code, of which section 9 sets out terms and conditions relating to hours of work and how staff should be compensated for working outside their normal pattern.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available. (252014)