Working Time Directive

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 12th July 2004.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

The number of employees in the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Departments who:

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(a) have signed a formal opt out form is 916
(b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive is 0
(c) 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 (30)43

(30) The figure does not include a figure from the Department for Regional Development as the data is not recorded centrally and is therefore not readily available.

We remain committed to keeping the number of employees who are required to work in excess of 48 hours a week to the absolute minimum, commensurate with meeting business needs.

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