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Probation Service: Disabled

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff of the Probation Service in England and Wales who have been diagnosed with a disability have been dismissed under the sickness attendance procedure since 1 April 2008; (308124)

(2) how many staff of the Probation Service in England and Wales who have been diagnosed with a disability are currently subject to stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 of the formal sickness attendance process.

Information about the reasons for dismissal or about individuals subject to the various stages of the formal sickness attendance process is not collated centrally as this is a local probation area management issue.

It is not possible to obtain the required information without incurring disproportionate costs as it would entail each of the 42 probation boards/trusts to collate and compile the information. This would then have to be submitted to the centre for further collation and presentation.