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HEOHigher Executive Officer
SEOSenior Executive Officer
SCSSenior Civil Service
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last two years. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years. 
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Mr. Bradshaw: The Department's standard terms and conditions state that the contractor shall be paid monthly in arrears within 30 days upon receipt of a properly prepared invoice. The Department does not have a standard policy regarding discounts for early payments.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; and what the (i) purpose, (ii) cost, (iii) private contractor and (iv) amount paid to the private contractor was in each case. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in sick pay to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility in each of the last five years; what proportion of the staffing expenditure of each body this figure represented in each such year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Estimates of the amounts paid in sick pay to staff in the Department and its agencies in the last three years, and the proportion of staffing expenditure this represents for each body, are presented in the following table.
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|Sick pay (£)||Proportion (percentage) of staffing expenditure||Sick pay (£)||Proportion (percentage) of staffing expenditure||Sick pay (£)||Proportion (percentage) of staffing expenditure|
1. The figures for 2007-08 are based on the average number of working days lost per member of staff due to sickness absence in that year, the average salary of staff at the middle of the year (September 2007) and the number of staff at the middle of the year (September 2007). Figures for 2006-07 and 2005 use the same average salaries and numbers of staff, but actual working days lost for the year in question. The use of average salaries will overestimate payments and expenditure since more senior (more highly paid) staff take less sickness absence than more junior (lower paid) staff, based on analysis of absence by grade in 2007-08.
2. The change from calendar years to financial years between 2005 and 2006 represents a change in Cabinet Office sickness absence reporting periods. Information is not available for years before 2005.
3. Providing information for other bodies reporting to the Department would incur disproportionate costs.
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