Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (203)

Simon Harris

Question:

206 Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Defence 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. [32557/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Defence)

Responsibility for the management and development of Civil Defence at national level was transferred by my Department to the Civil Defence Board by virtue of the Civil Defence Act, 2002. As the Deputy may be aware, following a Government decision in July, 2011 legislation is currently being drafted for the dissolution of the Board and the transfer of its functions and responsibilities back to my Department. When the Civil Defence Board was established in 2003 responsibility for Human Resources and other related matters was retained by my Department and not devolved to the Board. Consequently, procedures and reporting arrangements in relation to sick leave matters for the staff of the Board are the same as those pertaining to my Department and are included in Department reports.

The details requested by the Deputy for my Department, including the Civil Defence Board, are recorded in the response to Question No. 223 of 28 June 2012.

With regard to the Permanent Defence Force the information requested by the Deputy is not compiled by my Department on a routine basis and it is not possible to provide the detailed information sought by the Deputy in the time available. My Department is currently seeking to compile the relevant data and I will provide the information directly to the Deputy once it comes to hand.