§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in his Department in each of the last four years. 
§ Mr. Bradshaw
In 1998, leave entitlements for FCO staff in the UK were as follows:
Grade Days (a) Up to Higher Executive Officer1 On entry 22 After one year 25 After 15 years (HEO equivalent) 30 After 18 years (up to EO equivalent)
Grade Days (b) HEOD equivalent up to Senior Management Structure2 On entry 25 After 10 years 30 Senior Management Structure 30 1HEO equivalent (except HEO Development (HEOD) equivalent) 2 Senior Civil Service equivalent
1. In January 2000, all staff at (a) became entitled to 25 days leave on entry and 30 days after 12 years. Staff at (b) became entitled to 30 days after 10 years.
2. In January 2002, all staff at (a) and (b) had their entitlements increased to 25 days on entry and 30 days after 10 years.
Staff serving overseas are entitled to additional leave. In 1998 it was between four and 14 days (on a seven day week basis) depending on grade and length of service. After several changes, the entitlement is now five or 10 days (on a five day week basis) depending on grade and length of service.