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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. (230208)

The Department has a range of sanctions that can be applied according to the seriousness of the offence. These are:

Oral warning;

Written warning;

Final written warning;

Compulsory transfer;

Financial penalty;

Withdrawal of internet access;

Ban on promotion and temporary duties allowance;

Withdrawal of flexitime;

Demotion; and

Dismissal.

Information on the number of disciplinary penalties issued is provided as follows. The Department introduced a new personnel computer system incrementally from November 2006, being fully implemented by April 2007. Information is not available from this system prior to April 2007.

Information on written warnings and final written warnings is recorded together and cannot be separated.

Penalty type

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

1 April 2008 to 30 September 20081

Total

Oral warning2

637

303

940

Written warning2

449

247

696

Dismissal

202

126

328

Grand total

1,288

676

1,964

1 Latest date for which figures are available.

2 This records the number of instances, it is not a record of the number of individuals. An individual can have more than one warning.

Additional sanction type

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

1 April 2008 to 30 September 20081

Total

Compulsory transfer

1

1

2

Financial penalty

2

1

3

Withdrawal of internet access

0

0

0

Ban on promotion

14

10

24

Ban on temporary duties allowance

16

7

23

Withdrawal of flexitime

0

0

0

Demotion

4

1

5

Grand total

37

20

57

1 Latest date for which figures are available.