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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of her Department's civil servants have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other prohibited material on work computers in each of the last five years. (188781)

Regular reminders are issued to staff about their responsibilities with regard to the use of e-mail and internet systems. In order to ensure that these systems are not abused, or that the Department for Transport’s (DFT) security is not compromised, e-mails and internet use may be monitored from time to time.

Following are the details of the number of DFT staff either suspended or dismissed over the past five years for accessing either obscene or other prohibited material on work computers.

Suspended

Dismissed

2007

<5

<5

2006

1<5

218

2005

<5

<5

2004

<5

<5

2003

<5

<5

Total

9

26

1 Includes one case where an individual was suspended but resigned before disciplinary charges could be investigated.

2 Includes 17 people who were dismissed from DVLA after it was discovered that staff had been accessing and circulating inappropriate material.