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.
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.
|Name of |
|Agreements signed. Number of "opt-out"||Number of employees who are exempt||Number of employees accruing in excess of maximum hours|
With regard to the Prison Service and Forensic Science Service the information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.