§ Mr. Webb
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his Answer of 17 June 2003,Official Report, column 157W, on lost working days, if he will provide a breakdown for days lost through (a) sickness and (b) other reasons. 
§ Maria Eagle
Pursuant to my written answer on 17 June 2003,Official Report, column 157W, the figures provided were for the average days lost per person through sick absence only.
Information on the average days lost for other reasons is in the table. The information is based on the number of staff in post on the 31 of March in each year.
Average number of days lost per person Reason 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003 Unauthorised 2.16 0.23 Paid special leave 0.78 0.80 Unpaid special leave1 7.93 7.86 Maternity leave 3.30 3.54 1 Includes staff on career breaks.