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Departmental Working Conditions

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Conservative, Finchley and Golders Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on (a) the space provided per employee, (b) home working and (c) hot desking; how many employees it has on average per desk; and how much space on average there is per employee.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA policy on space provided per employee in offices is to target 8m(2) per person accommodated and an occupancy ratio of 1.3 employees per desk space.

DEFRA policy allows home working subject to business need. DEFRA operates hot desking in its buildings.

Performance confirming how many employees DEFRA has on average per desk and space per employee is published annually in the annual State of the Estate report, which is laid before Parliament. The latest report is the 2009 report, which was published by the Office of Government Commerce in March 2010.

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