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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the average number of days sick leave as a percentage of total working days recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and how this figure compares with the national average. [HL1693]

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has advised that it does not record sick absence as a percentage of total working days as its recording methodology is in accordance with the performance targets set out in the policing plan.

The following table provides details of the average number of working days lost, per person, as a result of sickness absence for the period April 2003 to present:

April 03 March 04

April 04 March 05

April 05 April 06

April 06 March 07

April 07 December 07

Police Officer

16.14

15.30

11.64

11.33

8.58

Police Staff

14.54

15.11

14.92

12.65

8.10

As the Home Offices calculate their sick leave in hours rather than days—owing to the varying lengths of shifts from force to force—it is not possible to provide a comparable figure for the national average.