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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural 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. (320632)

The following tables show the number of disciplinary and capability procedures initiated and completed in each of the last five years. In this instance we are referring to capability as performance. They also show the number of staff dismissed in each of the years and percentage of staff subject to procedures who were dismissed for each of the procedures.

The following information is provided for DEFRA and its agencies:

Disciplinary

Initiated

Completed1

Proportion of staff2

Dismissed

Percentage dismissed

2009-10

69

55

0.7

6

9

2008-09

58

51

0.5

5

9

2007-08

43

43

0.4

12

30

2006-07

50

50

0.4

20

40

2005-06

34

34

0.3

11

32

1 Completed disciplinary cases short of dismissal would have concluded that the offences were either minor or serious misconduct and an appropriate warning or penalty would have been applied under DEFRA’s disciplinary procedures. Alternatively the Decision Officer would have determined that the evidence did not support, or the offence did not warrant, a formal disciplinary warning.

2 The proportion of total DEFRA staff where disciplinary cases have been initiated.

Capability

Initiated

Completed

Proportion of staff1

Dismissed

Percentage dismissed

2009-10

33

27

0.3

5

15

2008-09

35

28

0.3

5

23

2007-08

38

38

0.3

9

24

2006-07

30

30

0.2

10

34

2005-06

22

22

0.2

9

41

1 The proportion of total DEFRA staff where capability cases have been initiated.

Average time

Information for this element of the questions is not available in all cases, we are therefore unable to provide the information requested.