David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in each of the last five years. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department introduced a new personnel computer system incrementally from November 2006, being fully implemented by April 2007. The following information reflects data recorded on that system for the number of staff dismissed because of their attendance record on grounds of sickness. Information is not available from this system prior to April 2007.
|Financial year||Number of staff disciplined for unsatisfactory attendance||Number of staff dismissed for unsatisfactory attendance|