Skip to main content

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of a print-out of the section of his Department's staff handbook relating to disciplinary proceedings. (319140)

A copy of the pages of the Department's staff handbook relating to disciplinary proceedings will be placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. (320635)

In each of the three years following the creation of the Department for Communities and Local Government, 2006, 2007 and 2008, there were less than five disciplinary or capability procedures. As a consequence, further details cannot be provided without compromising individual confidentiality.

In 2009, nine disciplinary procedures were initiated against CLG staff, six of which were completed. These nine cases represented less than 1 per cent. of the Department’s total population and each case took, on average, 2.8 months to process. The number of dismissals resulting from the disciplinary procedures is less than five and as a consequence, further details cannot be provided without compromising individual confidentiality.

In 2009, seven staff were the subject of formal capability procedures of which less than five were taken to a formal conclusion. As a consequence, further details cannot be provided without compromising individual confidentiality. These seven cases represented less than 1 per cent. of the Department’s total population and each case took, on average, 1.6 months to process. No dismissals resulted from any of these cases.

In 2010, there have been less than five procedures initiated in relation to capability and discipline and as a consequence, further details cannot be provided without compromising individual confidentiality.