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Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many employees of his Department and its agencies have been convicted of a criminal offence of each type in each year since 1997. (308519)

The Department for Transport was formed on 29 May 2002 comprising a central Department and seven agencies.

The Driving Standards Agency, Driver and The Vehicle Licensing Agency, The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, The Highway Agency, The Vehicle Certification Agency and the Government Car and Despatch Agency maintain records of staff convictions. To date, since 2002, 17 employees of these agencies have been convicted of criminal offences. Of these there are 11 recorded convictions for fraud. All of these employees have undergone the appropriate disciplinary procedures, including termination of employment where appropriate.

A further breakdown based on the type of conviction is unavailable because, where figures are fewer than five, it is the Department’s policy to withhold details on grounds of individual confidentiality.

The Department for Transport (centre) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency do not keep central records of employees’ convictions or the offences to which they relate. Details of criminal convictions may appear on an individual’s personnel files but such information could be retrieved and provided only at disproportionate cost.