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Offenders

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many employees of his Department have been convicted of a criminal offence in the last five years. (310696)

The Department requires employees to notify their manager immediately they are arrested and charged with a criminal offence. If the employee is convicted, the Department will investigate and start a disciplinary process which may lead to dismissal. New employees must declare convictions during the recruitment process. Records back to 1995 are not held electronically nor in the format requested and a comprehensive search of paper based files, back to 1995 would result in disproportionate cost.