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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff responsible for answering his Department's 0800 2888 777 number for contacting Atos in relation to work capability assessments were absent (a) on annual leave and (b) due to illness on 18 January 2011.
Atos Healthcare has confirmed that on
(a)-six full time equivalent (FTE's) on annual leave which equates to approximately 10.5% absence; and
(b)-two FTE's on sick leave which equates to approximately 3.5% absence.