§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his(a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995–96, (ii) 1996–97 and (iii) 1997–98 to date; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Angela Eagle
[holding answer 5 February 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on Tuesday 10 February 1998, Official Report, column 116.