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Departmental Disclosure of Information

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing have been made to his Department by its staff since 6 June 2006. (301493)

There have been less than five allegations of victimisation for whistleblowing reported by departmental staff since 6 June 2006. We are unable to release the specific number as to do so may lead to the identification of individuals.

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”.