Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (146)

Simon Harris

Question:

149 Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the procedures in place to manage sick leave in all agencies, offices or other bodies reporting to his Department, separate to individuals working directly for his Department; the combined number of sick days taken by staff in the agencies, offices or other bodies reporting to his Department in 2011 and to date in 2012; the financial cost of this sick leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32554/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

The management of sick leave and the methods used in the agencies, offices or other bodies reporting to my Department is a matter for the individual bodies concerned. The information sought is not, therefore, readily to hand in my Department but I have asked that it be promptly compiled and provided directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. I should say that, in line with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, bodies funded from my Department's Vote Group are required to comply with the provisions of Circular 09/2010, which governs the management of sick leave in the Civil Service and to provide an assurance to my Department annually in this regard.