§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days were lost due to sickness absence in his Department in each of the last four years. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
The average number of working days lost due to sickness absence in the Home Office is as follows:
- 1998: 10.4
- 1999: 11.1.
Figures for 2000 and 2001 are not currently available.
The Home Office and its agencies have introduced new guidelines, policies and procedures with a view to meeting its target to reducing sickness absence, published in its Service Delivery Agreements for April 2001 to March 2004.