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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department were disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues in each of the last three years. (254079)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department and its predecessors were disciplined for (a) bullying and (b) harassment of colleagues in each of the last three years. (257752)

Harassment is defined in the MOJ conduct policy as:

“unwanted behaviour which affects a person’s dignity. It can relate to age, sex, race, disability, religion, nationality or any other personal characteristic of the individual and may be continuous or a one-off incident.”

Bullying is not specifically defined by law, but may be seen as a form of harassment. Bullying could consist of:

offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour;

persistent unwarranted criticism; and

exclusion and ostracising.

In the Ministry of Justice there are three levels of sanction in disciplinary cases. They are first written warning, final written warning and dismissal.

The Ministry of Justice, HMPS and NOMS do not hold the information centrally in the format requested and can be provided only at a disproportionate cost. However, validated records of dismissals for the MOJ (excluding HMPS and NOMS) are held centrally. The following table details the number of dismissals in the last three years.

Bullying

Harassment

2008

2

2

2007

1

2

2006

0

0