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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years. (230211)

In the Department for Culture, Media and Sport the following sanctions are available for staff found to have committed disciplinary offences.

The withdrawal or withholding of pay increases and/or bonus payments (in whole or in part);

Suspension from duty with loss of pay for a specified period ;

A ban on promotion (including temporary promotion and deputising) for a specified period;

The removal from a post attracting additional pay or allowances;

Downgrading;

Dismissal; and

A formal written warning.

One member of staff was dismissed during 2007-08 for committing a disciplinary offence. No other sanctions have been used in the last three years.