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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Law Officers’ Departments have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years. (316450)

The information requested is as follows:

Crown Prosecution Service and Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office

The number of staff who have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last three years is 131.

The Serious Fraud Office

In the last 12 months 19 staff had five or more short- term absences. The most recent available data before this (2006-07) can be found at the following link:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/Assets/Sickness_Absence_2006to2007_tcm6-3302.pdf

Treasury Solicitors, Attorney-General’s Office and HM Crown Prosecution Inspection Services

Over the three years 2007-09 there have been 27 people who meet the criteria above. This represents less than 3 per cent. of the total workforce.

The National Fraud Authority

The NFA was launched in 2008-09 and no members of staff are recorded as having had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days during this period.