HC Deb 13 June 2003 vol 406 c280W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how many staff in the Department have been on long-term sick leave in each of the last two years. [115854]

Hilary Benn

The number of staff on long-term sick absence was as follows:

1 April 2001–31 March 2002: 39

1 April 2002–31 March 2003: 39

DFID classifies sick absence of three months or more as long term. DFID is working towards a reduction of 23.8 per cent. in sick absence rates from 8.4 days per staff year in 1998 to 6.4 in 2003.

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