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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each of the last five years. (256337)

Records for sick absence are only available for each financial year since April 2004.

No staff were absent for more than 30 days in 2004-05 or 2005-06.

In 2006-07 and 2007-08 a very small number of staff were absent for more than 30 days. In line with Cabinet Office guidance, exact figures are not given in order to protect their privacy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average number of days sick leave per staff member in his Department was in each of the last five years. (256391)

Figures for the level of sickness absence at the Wales Office are available for each financial year since April 2004.

The average number of days of sickness absence is as follows:

Days

2004-05

4.59

2005-06

3.36

2006-07

5.18

2007-08

19.27

1 Average is skewed by isolated incidents of long-term sickness absence.