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Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to staff of his Department on stress recognition and management. (314523)

DEFRA encourages staff to use our comprehensive intranet-based toolkit information on the awareness, prevention and management of stress in and outside the workplace. An additional resource offering information, guidance and various sources of confidential support is also accessible to all departmental staff on an externally hosted microsite, via our occupational health provider.

DEFRA is currently developing a new Stress policy and anticipates this will be published on its intranet for the information of all staff and managers by this summer.

I will place copies of our advice in the Library.