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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the policy of (a) the Prime Minister’s Office and (b) the Office of the Leader of the House is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (i) in lunch breaks, (ii) in evenings and (iii) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement; (252003)

(2) how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) the Prime Minister’s Office and (b) the Office of the Leader of the House for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours in the latest year for which figures are available;

(3) what the policy of the Cabinet Office 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;

(4) how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) its agencies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available.

The Prime Minister’s Office and the Leader’s Office are part of the Cabinet Office.

There are times when any Cabinet Office employee may be required to work during meal breaks, evenings and other occasions beyond their conditioned hours. They can apply for and be granted time off in lieu equivalent to the actual additional hours worked rather than claiming overtime payment.

The number of days off in lieu granted to the Department’s employees could be provided only at disproportionate cost.