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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. (252011)

The Department for Transport and its agencies operate a flexible working system where staff participating may accrue a credit balance of more than their conditioned hours. Time off in lieu can be granted by line managers to staff who have accrued additional hours.

Line managers may formally agree in advance that staff carry out essential work outside contracted hours attracting time off in lieu or overtime.

All working arrangements must comply with the working time regulations, such as taking appropriate minimum break during the working day.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. (252012)