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National Probation Service: Discrimination

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 January (WA 114–15), whether any disciplinary action has been taken by the National Offender Management Service in cases when its staff have been alleged to have perpetrated discriminatory actions. [HL636]

Behaviour constituting discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated in the National Offender Management Service and, depending on the individual circumstances of the case, could fall under the category of gross misconduct which would invariably lead to dismissal.

The National Offender Management Service has taken formal disciplinary action against its directly employed staff in cases where their actions have been proven to be discriminatory in nature.

In respect of probation boards and trusts they are bodies corporate and responsible for the employment of their staff. Allegations of discriminatory behaviour are investigated thoroughly and dealt with in accordance with the local disciplinary regulations.