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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many sick days were taken by staff of his Department in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse of these absences was. (290588)

Since 2006 staff sickness has been published quarterly via the Department for Transport external website. Figures are provided using a rolling 12-month period as per Cabinet Office sickness absence methodology:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/sickabsence/sickabsence

Under previous reporting methodology an average salary has been used to calculate the cost of sickness absence to the public purse. However, under current Cabinet Office methodology an average salary has not been identified. The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.