Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury

Transport written question – answered on 5th June 2007.

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Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Welsh Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the levels of stress-related illness at the Shrewsbury Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency local office; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

all Agencies and business areas within the Department for Transport take the well-being of their staff extremely seriously. The DVLA carefully monitors the reasons for absence from work and provides a range of support mechanisms to care for its employees.

Statistics for the Shrewsbury office show an annual sickness absence level of nine days per employee for the period April 2006 to March 2007, of which absences directly attributed to stress account for one day per employee. This is broadly in line with the average for DVLA local offices, and is below the national average for many customer-facing Government services.

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