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