Departments: Sick Leave

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

The percentage of working days lost within the Northern Ireland Office due to stress related illness in the last three years is as follows:

2003-04 21.0
2004-05 13.5
2005-06 25.5

These figures have been taken from information supplied by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

The Department takes all absences, in particular stress related illness, very seriously and is currently examining any underlying reasons.

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