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Departmental Home Working

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff of (a) her Office and (b) the Government Olympic Executive have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months. (297736)

My Private Office is based in the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office has a home working policy in place as part of its commitment to flexible working.

The Government Olympic Executive (GOE) is part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)—reporting to me through the permanent secretary. DCMS staff are actively encouraged to work alternative working patterns, including working from home. These are mainly arranged at local line management level and DCMS does not hold comprehensive data centrally about the number of staff involved. DCMS has a new human resources information system in place, and when this is fully operational, it will record this information.