To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many days were lost in sickness in the last 12 months by employees in her Department(a) in total and (b) as a proportion of the number of days worked; and what was the cost of this absence. 
§ Mr. Sproat
[holding answer 14 July 1995]: The total number of days lost through sick absence in my Department in the last 12 months was 2,190 days, including absences which spanned weekends and bank holidays. This represents 2.7 per cent. of the total number of working days in the Department during the last 12 month period.
The cost of this absence could only be calculated at disproportionate cost.