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Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on decompression periods for staff working in Afghanistan. (305779)

Most home civil service staff working in Afghanistan spend six weeks in country and two weeks out of the country. Alternatively, staff may work three weeks in country and spend one week out of the country provided the cost is no greater.

At the end of their assignment staff must take a minimum of a four-week annual leave break after a one-year posting, five weeks after an 18-month posting, and six weeks after a two-year posting.