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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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. (230198)

The Department was formed on 28 June 2007. The Department has three categories of misconduct that could result in disciplinary sanctions being applied:




Minor misconduct

Behaviour that is unacceptable but not serious enough to fall into other categories

Oral or written warning

Serious misconduct

Behaviour that damages the relationship between the individual and their employer

Range of measures from written warning to removal from a specific post.

Gross misconduct

Behaviour that so damages the relationship it would normally be incompatible with continued employment


From the 28 June 2007 to date, there have been no disciplinary offences in any category.