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Departments: Intimidation

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in her Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld. (134828)

The number of formal complaints of bullying investigated in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the last 12 months is very small. In line with guidance issued by the Cabinet Office, the information requested can therefore not be released on grounds of confidentiality. Guidance on the procedures in place for those who have a concern related to any form of unfair discrimination, including bullying, is available to all staff.