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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work telephones to access premium rate telephone numbers in each of the last five years. (67997)

The information relating to inappropriate use of the internet while at work is contained in the following table.

Number of dismissals

Other disciplinary sanction

2006 (to date)

1

0

2005

2

2

2004

0

3

2003

0

3

2002

0

3

There have been no cases during the past five years of disciplinary sanctions imposed, including dismissal, relating to the access via work telephone of premium rate telephone numbers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals have been employed in his Department in each of the last five years; what vetting procedures are in place for each category of staff; and whether these include liaison with foreign law enforcement agencies. (68013)

The Department of Trade and Industry does not hold information on EU foreign nationals and non-EU foreign nationals centrally.

The Department’s recruitment procedures require all candidates for employment to comply with the civil service nationality rules.

Furthermore, all staff who require security clearance for their posts in the Department are subject to the Department’s procedures for security vetting and comply with the policy set out to Parliament by the then Prime Minister on 15 December 1994, which came into force on 1 January 1995.