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Departments: Intimidation

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld. (134832)

The information is summarised in the following table for armed forces and MOD civilian personnel in the period April 2006 to March 2007.

Service

Investigated1

Upheld2

Royal Navy

13

9

Army

60

6

Royal Air Force

17

4

MOD Civil Service

39

4

1 This column records the number of formal complaints of bullying reported within each service and the MOD civil service. This number includes ongoing cases and complaints which were later withdrawn.

2 This column records the number of formal complaints upheld and excludes ongoing investigations (i.e. where some type of action was taken against the respondent).

The Department’s Unified Diversity Strategy makes clear that bullying and harassment are not tolerated in the Ministry of Defence or the armed forces. Revised complaints procedures were published in January 2007. Ongoing internal communications keep personnel informed of their rights and responsibilities.