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Diplomatic Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many employees of UK embassies have (a) been suspended, (b) received formal warnings and (c) been dismissed in the last 12 months; and for what reasons in each case. (288470)

There are two categories of employees at our Missions abroad, locally engaged staff recruited by the Post and UK based staff who are posted out to Post from the UK. We do not retain figures centrally for locally engaged staff and to provide this information would incur disproportionate cost. The figures for UK based staff are as follows:

(a) suspended in the last 12 months—fewer than five cases

(b) received formal warnings in the last 12 months—15 cases

(c) been dismissed in the last 12 months—fewer than five cases

As there are fewer than five cases for each category of misconduct, details are not provided to avoid revealing the identity of individuals and on the grounds of personal confidentiality.