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Departmental Staff

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the percentage of staff employed by the Department for Trade and Industry who (a) are able to cope with the demands of their jobs, (b) have a say about the way they do their work, (c) receive adequate information and support from their colleagues and superiors, (d) understand their role and responsibilities, (e) are not subject to unacceptable behaviour such as bullying and (f) are happy that they are involved in decision-making on changes. [121268]

Data to answer these precise questions are not available. DTI however prides itself on a supportive and positive working environment. It has worked in partnership with its unions on more positive approaches to flexible working and long hours. It does not tolerate bullying. Our business plan, published in April, gives clarity on our objectives and everyone's personal objectives are related to this. All people in DTI are involved in decisions that affect them as far as possible.