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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in his Department in each of the last five years; how much time on average was taken to complete each type of procedure in each such year; how many and what proportion of his Department's staff were subject to each type of procedure in each such year; and how many and what proportion of each type of procedure resulted in the dismissal of the member of staff. (320629)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has initiated and completed one capability procedure in the last five years. To provide further information on this procedure would breach confidentiality.

Details of the number of disciplinary procedures which have been initiated and completed; the number and proportion of staff subject to disciplinary procedures; and the number and proportion of disciplinary procedures which resulted in the dismissal of the member of staff in each of the last five years are provided in the following table.

Procedures initiated

Number of staff

Proportion of staff (Percentage)

Procedures completed1

Number of dismissals

Proportion of disciplinary cases resulting in dismissal (Percentage)

2006

21

20

0.70

13

5

25

2007

31

29

1.10

24

9

31

2008

23

23

0.90

16

5

22

2009

18

18

0.70

11

3

17

20102

3

3

0.10

1

0

0

1 Disciplinary procedures that have not been completed are either ongoing cases; cases that have been dropped due to there being no case to answer; or cases which did not result in formal action under the disciplinary procedures. 2 To date.

The average time taken to complete these disciplinary procedures was 46 days. The procedure is initiated when the individual is issued with the invitation to attend a disciplinary meeting and includes any appeal process that may take place.