Departmental Sick Leave

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department's employees in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Information on sickness absence in the civil service is available at:

Published data are available from the 2004 calendar year to the 2006-07 financial year. The number of working days lost due to sickness in DEFRA was as follows:

2004 56,000
2005 59,826
2006-07 48,026

Data on days lost to sickness before 2004 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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