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Departmental Dress Code

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on the display of religious (a) artefacts, (b) symbols and (c) dress by its staff; how many staff have been subject to disciplinary proceedings regarding this policy in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (95641)

Two of the Department for Transport’s Executive agencies have specific policies on the display of religious (a) artefacts, (b) symbols and (c) dress by its staff.

The DVLA religious and belief policy is concerned with permitting and facilitating the free practice of religion by agency staff. This permits the wearing of cultural or religious dress.

The Highways Agency policy applies to those staff who are required to wear a uniform. This states that the wearing of religious artefacts, dress etc is permitted provided that a full uniform is worn; the items are discreet; and that the items do not conflict with any health and safety obligations.

Neither of the agencies has carried out any disciplinary proceedings regarding their policies in the last five years.