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Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees of his Department and its agencies have been convicted of a criminal offence of each type in each year since 1997. (308515)

The Department has no central records of any members of staff of the core Department who have been convicted of a criminal offence while a serving civil servant since 1997.

Where such reports as these involve less than five cases, the Department follows Cabinet Office guidelines and does not publicly report specific figures on the grounds of confidentiality. With such small numbers the individuals concerned might be personally identified with possible legal consequences. A number of such cases have occurred in the Department’s agencies but the total number of those cases are less than five.