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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (320631)

The number of disciplinary cases that have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in each of the last five years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its agency FCO Services are as follows.

FCO MainFCO Services

Initiated

Completed

Initiated

Completed

2006

25

25

8

8

2007

21

21

7

7

2008

33

33

5

5

2009

35

35

7

6

2010

11

4

3

3

We do not hold central records of how much time on average was taken to complete the misconduct procedure in each such year; to collate this information would incur disproportionate costs.

The number of staff who were subject to disciplinary action under the FCO misconduct procedure in each such year and the proportion this represents is as follows.

FCO MainFCO Services

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2006

25

0.4

8

0.1

2007

18

0.3

7

0.1

2008

30

0.5

5

0.1

2009

33

0.6

7

0.1

2010

11

0.2

3

0.02

There were six (0.1 per cent.) dismissals (combining FCO Main and FCO Services) resulting from misconduct procedure in 2006. As there are less than five dismissals in each of the following four years details are not provided to avoid revealing the identities of individuals and on grounds of confidentiality

The number of capability (b1—performance) and (b2—sickness absence) cases that have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in each of the last five years are in the following table.

FCO MainFCO Services

Initiated

Completed

Initiated

Completed

b1

2006

11

11

0

0

b1

2007

16

16

0

0

b1

2008

19

19

0

0

b1

2009

22

15

1

1

b1

2010

3

10

0

0

b2

2006

1

1

0

0

B2

2007

1

1

0

0

b2

2008

1

1

13

13

b2

2009

49

28

29

29

b2

2010

8

0

5

5

1 No central records held.

We do not hold central records of how much time on average was taken to complete the (b1) performance improvement and/or (b2) sickness absence procedures in each such year; to collate this information would incur disproportionate costs.

The number of staff who were subject to the (b1) performance improvement procedures and (b2) sickness absence procedures in each such year and the proportion this represents is:

FCO MainFCO Services

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

b1

2006

11

0.2

0

0

b1

2007

16

0.3

0

0

b1

2008

19

0.4

0

0

b1

2009

23

0.4

1

0.01

b1

2010

10

0.2

0

0

b2

2006

1

1

0

0

b2

2007

1

1

0

0

b2

2008

1

1

13

0.2

b2

2009

49

0.9

29

0.1

b2

2010

29

0.5

5

0.1

1 No central records held.

As there are fewer than five dismissals in each of the five years, details are not provided to avoid revealing the identities of individuals and on grounds of confidentiality.

These figures are for UK-based staff only. We do not hold central records for staff employed locally overseas and to obtain them would incur disproportionate costs.

The figures do not include those who resigned before the procedures were concluded.