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Sexual Harassment

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in his Department in the most recent year for which figures are available. (184696)

DIUS was created by machinery of government changes in July 2008 from elements of the then Department of Trade and Industry and Department for Education and Skills.

DIUS is currently undertaking a project to define document and agree a single set of policies and procedures. Until such time as these are defined, the policies of an employee's former department (DTI/DfES) remain in force. These policies allow for staff to report any cases of harassment to line management, Trade Union representatives, a confidential counselling service or HR.

During the period in which DIUS has existed there have been no cases of complaints of sexual harassment or sexual discrimination.