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Armed Forces: Working Hours

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours on average were worked by (a) junior and (b) senior service personnel at each rank of each service in each age band in each week of the last 12 months. (258312)

The information requested is not held centrally on administration systems. However Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) carry out a Continuous Survey of Working Patterns which is used to provide estimates of the average weekly hours worked over a financial year.

The estimates provided within the report are broken down by service, rank group and broad location. Information on age is not collected within this survey and hence breakdowns by age are not available.

Due to the size of the sample survey estimates are only considered to be statistically valid over long time periods, as such estimates could not be provided for each week.

The 2006-07 copy of the Continuous Survey of Working Patterns report is available in the Library of the House.

The 2007-08 report will be placed in the Library of the House by the end of April 2009.