§ Mr. Roger Williams
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working days have been lost in his Department and its predecessors due to(a) industrial action and (b) illness in each year since 1997. 
§ Ruth Kelly
(holding answer 27 January 2003)No working days have been lost due to industrial action since 1997. On sick absence I refer the hon. Member to 999W the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Nigel Evans) on 16 January 2003,Official Report, column 753W.