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) the Department for International Development, and (2) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, in each of the past three years; and what the targets for the department were in each case.

Photo of Lord Tunnicliffe Lord Tunnicliffe Government Whip, Government Whip

The Department for International Development (DfID) does not keep comprehensive central records of all non-sickness related absences.

(1) The average number of working days lost to sickness absence in the Department for International Development (DfID) from 2006 onwards, are shown in the table below:

Year 2006 2007 2008
Average working days lost to sickness absence 5.0 4.4 6.0

Through this period, DfID worked towards a target of 5.5 average working days.

(2) During the period 2006 to present, DfID has had two non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). Crown Agents Holding and Realisation Board was wound up on 1 April 2008, and Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is still in operation. None of these non-departmental public bodies employed any staff.

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