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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in her 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 her 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. (320623)

The information sought is not available prior to April 2007. Such information as is available for subsequent years is as follows:

Table 1: Number of staff in respect of whom disciplinary procedures were completed

Number of staff at year end

Discipline procedures completed

Percentage of headcount

2007-08

113,972

903

0.79

2008-09

106,963

1,081

1.01

2009-101

120,944

1,212

1.00

1 To end February 2010.

Table 2: Number of staff in respect of whom capability procedures were completed

Number of staff at year end

Capability procedures completed

Percentage of headcount

2007-08

113,972

109

0.10

2008-09

106,963

77

0.07

2009-101

120,944

87

0.07

1 To end February 2010.

Table 3: Number of staff dismissed as a result of capability/discipline action

Dismissed on grounds of capability

Percentage of capability procedures undertaken

Dismissed on grounds of discipline

Percentage of disciplinary procedures undertaken

2007-08

17

16

178

20

2008-09

15

19

233

22

2009-101

22

25

300

25

1 To end February 2010.

The figures in table 3 do not include staff dismissed for health related reasons.