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Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 130. Mr. Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Charlie McCreevy Zoom on Charlie McCreevy  if his Department operates term time; the number of persons who applied for this in 2000, 2001 and 2002; the number of persons who were accepted and availed themselves of the scheme; if persons were refused; if so, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3892/02]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): Information on Charlie McCreevy Zoom on Charlie McCreevy A pilot scheme of term time working has been in operation in my Department since June 2000. The following schedule gives an outline of the applications for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002.

In general my Department has led the way in introducing family friendly policies such as term time in the Civil Service. Every effort is made to accommodate staff in this regard as is evident from the numbers who applied for and availed of this scheme over the last two years and are availing of it again this year. Staff in my Department can also avail of a number of other family friendly measures including flexitime, parental leave, career breaks and worksharing.

Year Number of Applications Number of Applications Accepted Number who availed of Term Time Refused Reason for refusal
2000 11 11 11 0  
2001 16 15 15 1 Work requirements
2002 22 21 All are expected to avail 1 Work requirements

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