§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in his Department in each of the last four years. 
§ Dr. Moonie
Within the Ministry of Defence there exist slight differences in annual leave entitlements between members of the Senior Civil Service, non-industrial staff and industrial staff.
Over the whole period, Senior Civil Servants have received the maximum 30 days on entry, whereas non-industrial staff have received 25 days on entry and then the maximum 30 days after 10 years' reckonable service.
Industrial staff are divided into two categories, those at Industrial Technician level and those below. In 1998, Industrial Technicians received 26 days on entry, 28 after five years' reckonable service and 29 days after 10 years' reckonable service. In 1999, the maximum entitlement was increased to 30 days after 10 years' reckonable service. Other industrial staff received 24.5 days on entry in 1998, which was increased to 25 days in 1999. In 1998, they received and still do, 26.5 days after five years' reckonable service. In addition, the maximum entitlement, awarded after 10 years' reckonable service, has been increased annually from 27 days in 1998 to 30 days in 2001.