Government Departments: Staff Absence

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th May 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what the rates of staff (a) absence, and (b) sickness absence, were at (1) HM Treasury, and (2) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, in each of the past three years; and what the targets for HM Treasury were in each case.

Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

Sickness absence data for all central government departments from 2005 to 2007 were published annually by the Cabinet Office at http://beta. The last report was for the financial year 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007.

From 1 April 2007 it became the responsibility of individual departments to produce sickness data and the Cabinet Office has published a combined departmental quarterly report. This is available on

In respect of the financial year 2007-08, the average working days lost due to sickness for HM Treasury and its agencies were:

HMT 4.7 days;National Savings and Investments 5.8 days;Government Actuary Department 4.2 days;Office Government Commerce 4.0 days;Office Government Commerce Buying Solutions 7.7 days; and Debt Management Office 4.2 days.

There are no published absence targets. Data for 2008-09 are not yet available.

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