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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (256325)

The following table records the number of civil servants employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office whose periods of sick leave continued beyond 30, 50 and 100 days.

30 days

50 days

100 days

2004

174

104

38

2005

130

75

33

2006

138

75

35

2007

152

99

42

2008

141

60

26

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days sick leave on average each member of staff in his Department took in 2008. (256494)

The average number of sick days taken by UK-based Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff during 2008 was 3.6 days. We do not keep records centrally of sick leave taken by locally-engaged staff members. This information could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years. (256630)

The following statistics record the number of Officers who were on sick leave for more than 12 months since 2004.

Number

2004

8

2005

9

2006

10

2007

5

2008

3