§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the President of the Council what assessment he has made of the impact of the Part-time Workers Directive on staff in his Department. 
§ Dr. John Reid
The Privy Council Office is committed to helping its staff achieve a reasonable work-life balance. Part-time working is an option within my Department's flexible working scheme, which was in place before the Directive came into force. The scheme guarantees that all staff are treated equally favourably as regards their contractual terms and conditions, whatever their preferred working pattern.