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Sexual Harassment

Volume 168: debated on Monday 5 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his Department's policy on sexual harassment at work; whether guidance on reporting complaints has been issued to all staff; how many complaints have been reported in the past five years; and what disciplinary action has been taken.

Sexual harassment is under all circumstances unacceptable to the Department. All staff have been advised of the appropriate avenues for complaints of such behaviour and where complaints are substantiated disciplinary procedures apply. Eleven complaints have been reported to personnel management divisions in the last five years. The action taken has included warnings and reprimands and, in one case, a ban on promotion for one year. There is no central record of complaints dealt with locally.