§ Mr. Tyrie
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants in his Department have been invited to waive the Working Time Directive requirement to work less than 48 hours a week on 17 consecutive weeks; how many civil servants in his Department have refused to waive the requirement; and what is the total cost of compliance with the Directive. 
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
491 staff in the Cabinet Office and its agencies have signed an agreement to dis-apply the 48 hour limit.
The standard terms and conditions of service for staff employed by the Cabinet Office and its agencies are well within the limits set by the Working Time Regulations. The Regulations do not require employers to keep records of the number of workers who refuse to sign an opt-out agreement and no central records are kept by this Department. Compliance costs are not kept centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.