§ Mr. Peter Robinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average level of staff absenteeism was in each of the Northern Ireland Departments in(a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03. 
§ Mr. Pearson
A detailed analysis of sick absence rates for non-industrial staff in the 11 Northern Ireland Departments for 2001–02 has already been published and is accessible on the Department of Finance and Personnel's website at: www.dfpni.gov.uk/publications. The statistics for 2002–03 are not yet available. Comparable figures for industrial civil servants are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate costs.