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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff in his Department or its predecessors 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; (256331)

(2) what the average number of days sick leave per staff member in his Department and its predecessors was in each of the last five years;

(3) were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each year since his Department was established;

For the year 2007-08 the average number of days of sick absence per person in the Ministry of Justice was 10.4 days.

Due to a machinery of government change the Ministry of Justice was created in May 2007. The figures for its predecessor the Department for Constitutional Affairs are contained in the following table.

Department for Constitutional Affairs sickness absence rate

Working days lost

Average staff in post

Working days lost per person

2003-04

128170

12154

10.5

2004-05

124390

12643

9.8

2005-06

174096

16702

10.4

2006-07

276166

25395

10.9

Absence data for 2003 to 2007 for the Prison Service and National Offender Management Service headquarters are contained in the following table.

Prison Service sickness absence rates

Working days lost

Average staff in post

Working days lost per person

2003-4

628623

47224

13.3

2004-5

616367

48607

12.7

2005-6

589211

48419

12.2

2006-7

573071

49216

11.6

While the MoJ does monitor long term sickness absence it does not record it centrally in these categories and to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.