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Departmental Dismissal

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in her Department and its agencies were dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years. (274306)

The number of staff dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total each year within Home Office HQ, the Identity and Passport Service and the Criminal Records Bureau is shown in table 1.

Table 1: Dismissals in Home Office HQ, IPS and CRB1

Year2

Dismissals for under-performance

Total dismissals

1999-2000

0

Less than five

2000-01

0

14

2001-02

0

34

2002-03

0

37

2003-04

0

29

2004-05

0

29

2005-06

Less than five

41

2006-07

0

38

2007-08

Less than five

45

2008-09

Less than five

49

1 The Criminal Records Bureau did not begin operations until March 2002.

2 Information prior to 2005-06 is not held centrally within Home Office HQ and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Note:

Where fewer than five members of staff were dismissed further information has been withheld on grounds of confidentiality.

The number of staff dismissed within the UK Border Agency for (a) inefficiency and (b) in total each year is shown in table 2

Table 2: Dismissals in UKBA1

Year2

Dismissals for inefficiency3

Total dismissals

2005-06

37

69

2006-07

28

68

2007-08

50

100

2008-09

47

93

1 Figures exclude staff within UKVisas (previously FCO) and HMRC detection staff who have now transferred to UKBA.

2 Information prior to 2005-06 is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

3 Dismissals made under the broad category of inefficiency include dismissals made under poor performance and attendance management procedure;

UKBA figures contained in the first column of table 2 include all staff dismissed under the broad category of inefficiency, which includes dismissal for under-performance and dismissal under attendance management procedures. A further breakdown of those dismissals into those dismissed for under-performance could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

UKBA figures exclude staff in UK Visas (previously under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and HM Revenue and Customs Detection staff who have now transferred to UKBA. These staff will be added to UKBA HR systems during 2009-10 as part of an ongoing improvement programme.