§ Mr. Tyrie
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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. 54W
§ Mr. Hain
No staff have yet been invited to waive the Working Time Directive. It is anticipated that a small proportion, less than 2 per cent., may be invited to waive the requirements of the Directive in due course.
The standard terms and conditions of service for staff employed in my Department are well within the limits set by the Working Time Regulations. These Regulations do not require employers to keep records of the number of workers who refuse to sign an opt-out agreement and, therefore, no central record will be kept by my Department. The same applies to compliance costs which could be provided only at disproportionate cost.