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Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 the last 12 months. (149191)

Two departmental employees have been subject to disciplinary action for internet misuse, neither was dismissed.

We also had two cases of disciplinary action involving temporary contractors. In each case, the contract was terminated immediately.

The Department has blocked calls to all premium numbers.