§ Mr. Chidgey
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the absenteeism rates for(a) the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and (b) the Intervention Board in 1994.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Responsibility for this matter is delegated to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Intervention Board, and I have asked the chief executives to reply to the hon. Gentleman direct.
Letter from Guy Stapleton to Mr. David Chidgey, dated 3 February 1995:The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked me to reply to your question about the absenteeism rate in the Intervention 921W Board during 1994 as this matter is within my operational responsibility.We monitor sick absence rates in this Agency on a financial year basis to correspond with some of the other key performance measures and targets which are published in our Annual Report. The sick absence rate in the Intervention Board for the calendar year 1994, calculated as a percentage of total man years, was 5.7 per cent. The figure represents an estimate of working days lost through sick leave, which has been drawn from our payroll data, and excludes absences for maternity leave and special leave.
Letter from Dr. J. M. Rutter, to Mr. David Chidgey, dated 30 January 1995:The Minister has asked me to reply to your question about the absenteeism rate in the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for 1994, as this is an operational matter for which I am responsible as Chief Executive.In terms of absenteeism related to sickness, the figure was 3.1 per cent.