Working Time Directive

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd June 2004.

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Photo of Mr Bill Tynan Mr Bill Tynan Labour, Hamilton South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Employees working in excess of 48 hours per week are required to sign an "Opt-Out" agreement. Departments and agencies are required to maintain a register of all staff who have signed such an agreement.

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Agreements signed. Number of "opt-out" Number of employees who are exempt Number of employees accruing in excess of maximum hours
Home Office 71
IND 140
Prison Service n/a n/a n/a
FSS n/a n/a n/a
UKPS 304

With regard to the Prison Service and Forensic Science Service the information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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