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Government Departments: Staff Absence

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what the rates of staff (a) absence, and (b) sickness absence, were at (1) the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and (2) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, in each of the past three years; and what the targets for the Department were in each case. [HL3239]

The department was created on 28 June 2007. The department reports on targets for sickness absence and the sickness absence data for the department and its agencies including the average number of days since its inception are published on the department's website at

The department does not report against any absence targets other than sickness absence.

All non-departmental public bodies for which the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has responsibility have their own systems, and information is not kept centrally and could only be established at disproportionate costs.

A breakdown of sickness absence by department and agency is unavailable and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.