§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the absenteeism rates in days per annum for staff in his Department for each of the years(a) 1979–80, (b) 1989–90, (c) 1991–92, (d) 1993–94, (e) 1994–95 and (f) 1995–96. 
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
[holding answer 25 January 1996]: The average number of working days lost per staff year due to sickness in the Scottish Office is in the table.568W
for each year since the introduction of fundholding for which statistics are available for (i) Scotland and (ii) each health board. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The information by health board and Scotland for the financial years 1992–93 to 1994–95 is set out in the table. The costs shown are the average cost per patient on GP lists and are based on the value of ingredients before the addition of dispensing fees or deduction of any discount or patient charges.
Calender year The Scottish Office Scottish Prison Service 1992 8.9 12.6 1993 10.3 15.3 1994 8.2 12.9
Figures prior to 1992 are not available.