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Mr Mckenna

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether Mr. McKenna of the Department of Education in Northern Ireland was informed of the aspects of his conduct which the complainant considered to be harassment, during the investigation which followed the formal complaint made in January 2001. [112353]

My Department views very seriously all complaints of harassment and bullying. In its investigation of complaints it adheres fully to its internal policy on harassment and bullying. The policy affords those who have a complaint lodged against them the opportunity to obtain in full a copy of the written complaint of harassment. This will set out exactly the harassment complaint that has been lodged.In providing this response I am conscious of the need to balance your interest in obtaining this information, or that of the person on whose behalf you are seeking it, with the requirement to respect the identity of the complainant and the member of staff against whom the complaint was lodged. I am content that the information I have provided does not compromise the identity of either individual.