To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many working days have been lost due to sickness amongst employees for which his Department and its predecessor were responsible for each year since 1997.
Cabinet Office has recently introduced a revised format for reporting sickness absence statistics across the civil service. The new format was introduced at the end of March 2008 and the reports now cover the period up to
The Department was formed as part of the Machinery of Government changes on
http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/statistics/sickness.asp along with data for other Departments and agencies.
Earlier sickness data are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.