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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which his Department has responsibility was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (241094)

Information for 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006-07 for the Department, its predecessor and its agencies can be found on the civil service website at:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/statistics/sickness.asp

For years prior to 2003, sickness absence data is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many sick days were taken by employees in (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which his Department has responsibility due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of sick days taken in each body this represented in each case; and if he will make a statement; (241204)

(2) how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which his Department has responsibility have taken sick days due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Information for 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006-07 for the Department, its predecessor and its agencies can be found on the civil service website at:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/statistics/sickness.asp

Stress, mental health and behavioural disorders all fall within the category of ‘mental and behavioural disorders’.

For years prior to 2003, sickness absence data is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.