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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural 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. (252031)

DEFRA and its agencies operate ‘flexi time’ arrangements that allow staff to take time off in lieu for working above their contracted hours. This would include time off for working during lunch breaks and in the evenings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural 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. (252032)

DEFRA and its agencies operate ‘flexi time’ arrangements. With the exception of CEFAS and CSL this policy allows staff to take up to three days time off in lieu per four week period for hours worked above their contractual hours. CEFAS and CSL currently allow their staff to take up to two days time off in lieu per four week period.

The working hours of employees is not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information on the working arrangements of DEFRA’s NDPB’s is not available centrally.