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Harassment

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of harassment have been reported by (a) military and (b) civilian personnel in (i) each of the armed forces and (ii) his Department in each of the last 10 years. (319927)

The following table reflects the number of harassment complaints reported since October 2006 for each service. Some Tri-Service defence organisations do not record the service to which the complainant belongs.

Statistical data prior to October 2006 are not held centrally.

Formal harassment complaints

Royal Navy

Army

RAF

Tri-Service Organisations

October 2006 to March 2007

10

52

15

0

April 2007 to September 2007

21

17

21

0

October 2007 to March 2008

15

39

21

0

April 2008 to September 2008

29

20

27

7

October 2008 to March 2009

17

34

30

5

April 2009 to December 2009

26

67

27

0

Statistics for Tri-Service Organisations have only been collected since April 2008. Armed forces personnel statistics may also include cases raised by MOD civilians against a service person.

The following table shows the number of formal complaints of bullying or harassment raised by MOD Civilians through the Department’s Harassment and Bullying complaints procedure where investigation by a Harassment Investigation Officer has been requested.

Formal bullying and harassment complaints (financial year)

MOD civil service

1999-2000

19

2000-01

16

2001-02

13

2002-03

13

2003-04

27

2004-05

20

2005-06

36

2006-07

55

2007-08

66

2008-09

82

2009-10 (to date)

60

Due to the way information is recorded for civilian bullying and harassment complaints, it is not possible to separate the two types of complaint except at disproportionate cost.