§ Mr. Roger Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many working days have been lost in his Department owing to(a) industrial action and (b) illness in each year since 1997–98. 1078W
§ Peter Hain
[holding answer 30 January 2003]: My Department was created in July 1999 and has lost no days to industrial action. In respect of illness I refer the hon. Member to the answer my predecessor gave to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 23 May 2002, Official Report, column 514W.