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Civil Servants (Disciplinary Action)

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West on Tuesday 25th July, he will give the number of occasions when disciplinary action has been taken against civil servants for the longest and most convenient period of time; and what was the action taken, and for what breaches of the rules of conduct.

Some 670 civil servants have been dismissed on disciplinary grounds since January 1975, when a central record of these cases was instituted. Disciplinary action other than dismissal is not recorded centrally; nor are the specific offences for which civil servants have been dismissed. There is no rigid code automatically assigning particular penalties to particular offences, as disciplinary action is required to be reasonable according to the circumstances of each case and should be determined in the light of all relevant factors.