HC Deb 23 March 1999 vol 328 cc187-8W
Mr. Tyrie

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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. [76812]

Mr. Chris Smith

All staff in my Department have been issued with guidance on the Working Time Directive and two staff have signed an agreement to disapply the 48 hour limit.

The standard terms and conditions of service for staff employed by my Department 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 my Department. Compliance costs are not kept centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.