§ Mr. Fisher
To ask the Minister for the Arts what is his Department's policy on sexual harassment at work; whether guidance on reporting complaints has been issued to all staff; how many complaints have been reported in the past five years; and what disciplinary action has been taken.
§ Mr. Luce
[holding answer 5 March 1990]: My Department has issued a policy statement about sexual harassment to its staff. The statement explains that all sexual harassment is unacceptable and outlines the complaints procedure. One complaint has been reported in the past five years. The individual initially received an oral warning. Her behaviour however continued, and following a written warning she resigned from the Civil Service as further disciplinary proceedings were instigated.