§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his(a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995–96, (ii) 1996–97 and (iii) 1997–98 to date; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
[holding answer 5 February 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Mr. Steinberg) on 10 February 1998, Official Report, column 116. The figures in the table are estimates of average days of sickness absence per member of staff for the financial years requested, and may not therefore be consistent with the published figures, which are on a calendar year basis.
Absenteeism rates Chancellor's departments and agencies Financial year 1995–96 1996–97 1995–98(to date) (a) Departments Customs and Excise 11.8 12.6 10.3 Government Actuary's Department 11.5 12.6 6.4 Inland Revenue 9.5 10.1 9.6 HM Treasury 6 6.8 5.3 (b) Agencies Royal Mint 4.4 4.3 4.9 National Savings Agency 13.6 11.4 9.6 Office for National Statistics 14 12.5 10.3 Valuation Office Agency 9.3 8.9 7.1
(c) The non-departmental public bodies for which the Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible do not employ any staff.