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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many sick days were taken by staff of his Department in the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse of such absences was. (290551)

In 2008, there were 11,487 days lost to sickness absence in the Department for International Development (DFID).

Prior to 2008, the Cabinet Office published previous annual sickness absence reports for the Civil Service (from 2003-2007). These are available online at:

Costs of sickness absence are not held centrally and without incurring disproportionate cost it is not possible to provide an accurate figure for the cost of sick absence over the last five years.