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Departmental Disclosure of Information

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing have been made to her Department by its staff since 6 June 2006. (301490)

Information on the numbers of staff in the Department for Work and Pensions who made allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing since 6 June 2006 is not available in the format requested.

The Department for Work and Pensions records the numbers of staff raising grievances and complaints of harassment, discrimination and bullying but does not record information under the specific category requested. To extract more detailed information from individual records under the category requested would be at disproportionate cost.

Civil Servants are required to act in accordance with the standards and core values set out in the Civil Service Code. The Civil Service Code also provides for civil servants to raise matters of concern with the independent Civil Service Commissioners if they do not receive what they consider to be a reasonable response following departmental internal procedures. The Commissioners will also consider taking a complaint direct. Further guidance on whistleblowing is set out in the Civil Service Management Code and the Directory of Civil Service Guidance.