§ Jane Kennedy
The Cabinet Office publishes an annual report entitled "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service". The most recently published figures are for the calendar year 2000. For home civil servants (HCS) in the Northern Ireland Office the working days absence per staff year were as follows:
- Certified sick absence—7.5
Figures are not held in a comparable format for the Northern Ireland civil servants (NICS).
The number of days relating to stress and other mental health problems and the cost could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The Northern Ireland Office is committed to the effective management of sick absence and our current service delivery agreement (SDA) sets out our proposal to reduce sickness absence rates over the planning period for HCS staff. It will seek similar reductions for the NICS group in the Department in conjunction with other Northern Ireland Departments.