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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement. (52890)

This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The rules on political activities that Departments are required to enforce are set out in chapter 4.4 of the Civil Service Management Code. This does not directly state that Members of the House of Lords cannot be employees of the civil service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. (68011)

The statistical information requested is not recorded by the Department and therefore not available.

All new recruits to the Department are required to provide their nationality on the application form to check eligibility for employment within the civil service. If an EU or non-EU foreign national applies for a specific post that requires vetting action over and above the standard pre appointment enquiries, either a security check or a developed vetting checks would be undertaken (depending on the nature of the individual post).

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what promotion boards have been held in his Department in each of the last five years. (72863)

This information is not available centrally and to provide it would be at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints of racial abuse in his Department have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in each of the last 5 years. (72864)

The Department for Work and Pensions records complaints relating to racial discrimination and harassment that are formally investigated by the Department.

The following table contains information about the number of complaints that were formally investigated in the years 2003-04 to 2005-06. The information is not available before 2003.

Number of investigations

Number upheld

2005-06

19

11-3

2004-05

12

3

2003-04

8

1

1 Cases are ongoing

DWP staff can find out how to complain from their line managers or from the Department’s internal intranet site.

Initial complaints are considered by line managers (or their manager if the complaint is about the line manager) to decide the appropriate course of action. A number will either be resolved without any further action or by Line Manager’s enquiry where the potential for minor misconduct is identified.

If there is a suggestion of serious or gross misconduct, the complaint is referred for formal investigation by the Human Resources Investigation Service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department have had (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days in each of the last three years. (73101)

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Table 1: DWP staff sick under 5 days in the 12 months ended 31 March 2004

Number of periods

Number of staff

2

23,929

3

11,800

4

5,504

5 or more

5,541

Total

46,774

Table 2: DWP staff sick under 5 days in the 12 months ended 31 March 2005

Number of periods

Number of staff

2

21,241

3

10,144

4

4,817

5 or more

5,051

Total

41,253

Table 3: DWP staff sick under 5 days in the 12 months ended 31 March 2006

Number of periods

Number of staff

2

18,507

3

8,989

4

4,194

5 or more

4,736

Total

36,426

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of his staff in each of the last 3 years; and what the total cost was. (73106)

The information requested is not available for 2003-04. For the last 2 years the information is in the following table:

Total cost

Number of Non-pensionable bonuses paid to staff in DWP

Cash Sum (£)

As percentage of the total pay bill

2004-05

139,701

23,534,250.90

0.76

2005-06

133,766

45,661,356.80

1.86