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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 986, on departmental conditions of employment, what the (a) highest, (b) lowest, (c) mean and (d) total amount was spent on (i) travel and (ii) other expenses for those who took their (A) two week break in home country and (B) two week break outside their home country in each year since 2005. (251971)

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

DFID will only cover the cost of one return flight to the UK for each breather break. If employees wish to spend a break at an alternative location they must cover any additional costs, above the equivalent of the return ticket to the UK, themselves.

Employees are not reimbursed for other expenses incurred during the breather break.