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.
Sickness absence data for all central government departments from 2005 to 2007 were published annually by the Cabinet Office at http://beta. civilservice.gov.uk/about/who/statistics/sickness.aspx. The last report was for the financial year
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.