HC Deb 05 March 2002 vol 381 cc196-7W
Bob Russell

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many members of her staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if she will make a statement. [39742]

Ms Rosie Winterton

All staff in the Lord Chancellor's Department are entitled to one day's paid leave to work as a volunteer.

Also, provided the nature of any service undertaken is compatible with the work of the employee concerned, the Department provides higher allocations of special leave with pay, within specified limits, for a wide range of voluntary public service, such as acting as a school governor, sitting on a health boards, parish council work etc.

Although we do not keep a central register of staff who participate in voluntary work, we are aware that a large number of staff have taken advantage of these arrangements.