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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (252029)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office gives managers authority to allow their staff to take time off in lieu as an alternative to payment for overtime, by mutual agreement, when they are required to work outside contracted hours.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (252030)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not maintain a central record of the number of days taken off in lieu by its staff serving in either of these categories in the United Kingdom or overseas. Time off in lieu is authorised and managed locally by line managers.