§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on overtime payments for staff in his Department. 
§ Mr. Leslie
Cabinet Office policy on overtime working is that where possible it should be kept to a minimum and used at times of exceptional pressure once alternatives have been explored. Where overtime is necessary managers are required touse volunteers;give staff 48 hours notice whenever the requirement cannot be met by volunteers;avoid regular calls to fulfil the requirement on particular blocks of staff;avoid weekends.
Cabinet Office rules on overtime working which complies fully with Section 9 of the Civil Service Management Code.