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Racial Abuse

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints of racial abuse have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in his Department in each of the last five years. (70618)

Records are not kept centrally in the form requested and it is not possible to identify complaints citing racial harassment separately from those citing racial discrimination. Changes to record-keeping will lead to improvements for the future. The available information is as follows:

Royal Navy

The number of formal redresses of complaint which cited racial discrimination and/or harassment in each of the last five years were:

Number

2001-02

1

2002-03

2

2003-04

0

2004-05

3

2005-061

5

1 Figures for 1 April to 31 December 2005

It has not been possible from the data available to identify those redresses of complaint which were upheld and those complaints which were resolved locally through the chain of command.

Army

The number of formal redresses of complaint which cited racial discrimination and/or harassment investigated and upheld in each year were:

Investigated

Upheld

2001-02

9

1

2002-03

4

1

2003-04

6

1

2004-05

10

0

2005-06

9

0

Records of racial harassment complaints resolved locally through the chain of command are not held centrally.

RAF

The number of formal redresses of complaint which cited racial discrimination and/or harassment investigated and upheld in each year were:

Investigated

Upheld

2001-02

4

1

2002-03

2

0

2003-04

2

0

2004-05

1

0

2005-06

4

1

The number of informal complaints which cited racial discrimination and/or harassment and were resolved through chain of command or line management action were:

Number

2001-02

n/a1

2002-03

3

2003-04

0

2004-05

2

2005-061

1

1 Records of informal complaints of racial harassment began in 2002-03.

Ministry of Defence Civil Service

There is no requirement to report centrally bullying and harassment cases (including racial abuse) that are resolved at local unit level. To obtain this information would incur disproportionate costs. The figures provided as follows are for the last five calendar years, and record civilian harassment cases, involving racial abuse, where MOD units have requested a formal harassment investigation be carried out by a trained departmental civilian harassment investigation officer. Records are not held centrally on whether these investigated complaints were then subsequently upheld.

Number

2001

1

2002

0

2003

1

2004

1

2005

1