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Departmental Sick Pay

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in (a) his Department and its predecessor, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which his Department has responsibility have received sick pay for sick leave due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what the average length of time was for which sick pay was paid in these cases; and if he will make a statement. (241091)

The Department does not routinely calculate the number of staff who have received sick pay for stress, or the average length of time for which sick pay was paid in those cases. As this would involve manually investigating employee sickness records and pay details on an individual basis, the cost of doing this would be disproportionate to the benefit to be derived.

Information relating to agencies and non-departmental bodies will, where available, be provided separately by those bodies.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 24 February 2009:

The Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has asked me to reply to you directly in respect of your question (2008/23) asking how many staff have received sick pay, and what the average length of time was for which sick leave was paid for staff with stress, mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years.

The information for the year 1999 is not provided as no reliable data exists. The table below schedules the period 2000-08.

Calendar Year

Number of staff who have received sick pay for absence with Stress

Average length of time off (days)

Number of staff who have received sick pay for absence with mental health and behavioural disorders

Average length of time off (days)

2000

36

22

41

38

2001

36

28

62

37

2002

54

23

69

33

2003

70

25

69

21

2004

71

29

84

30

2005

67

23

65

35

2006

128

13

96

29

2007

130

35

74

28

Paid time off for stress, mental health and behavioural disorders combined

Calendar Year

Days

2000

30

2001

32

2002

28

2003

22

2004

29

2005

27

2006

19

2007

31

2008

34

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 24 February 2009:

I am responding on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 3 December 2008, UIN 241091, to the Minister of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Companies House do not keep details of staff sickness for stress, mental health and behavioural disorders separately, they are categorised together. Details for the last ten years are not available, however those for the last eight years for which records are available are as follows:

Financial Year

Number of staff

Average length of time paid (days)

2000/01

53

37

2001/02

66

38

2002/03

81

32

2003/04

93

54

2004/05

90

52

2005/06

107

40

2006/07

140

46

2007/08

96

39