§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the overall level of sickness absence in the Civil Service. 
§ Dr. David Clark
The average number of working days sickness absence per staff-year in 1996 was 10.2.
I have placed in the Libraries of the House copies of the report prepared for my Department by OHSA Limited on Sickness Absence in the Civil Service during 1996, which contains a comprehensive analysis of the figures about the Civil Service.
My Department regularly encourages Departments and agencies to review their approaches to sickness absence management.