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Departmental Flexible Working

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what flexi-time arrangements were available to staff within the Department in each of the last five years; and how many staff participated in such arrangements in each such year. (290593)

The Department for Transport (DfT) operate a Flexible Working Hours System which allows employees, subject to operational needs and line management agreement, to start and finish work between a flexible range of agreed hours provided they are present during certain hours of the day known as core-time and work a set number of hours each week. Staff can choose to take time off for any accrued time.

Not all DfT's business units keep a central record of the number of staff who participate in flexi-time arrangements and not all are able to provide the numbers of staff who have participated in flexi-time arrangements over the last five years. This information can be provided only by incurring disproportionate costs.