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House of Commons Hansard
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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings
08 March 2010
Volume 507
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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. [320628]

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In the Ministry of Justice, disciplinary and capability procedures are devolved to a local line management. Therefore, records of procedures initiated and completed, and the length of time taken, are not held centrally. Obtaining the data would involve asking each individual office to conduct a search of their local records, and this would incur a disproportionate cost.

The Ministry does record centrally the number of dismissals under its disciplinary and capability procedures. The figures and the proportion of total staff involved (as a percentage) are set out in the following table.

Year1

Conduct

Percentage of total staff

Capability

Percentage of total staff

2007-08

261

0.3

211

0.2

2008-09

172

0.2

313

0.4

2009-102

159

0.2

275

0.3

1 Data are given from the inception of the Ministry of Justice

2 Up to 31 January 2010