Armed Forces: Bullying

Defence written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what sanctions are available to a commanding officer when it is found during a redress investigation that a senior NCO, warrant officer or commissioned officer has bullied or harassed a junior soldier;

(2) what sanctions are available to a commanding officer when it is found during a redress investigation that a senior NCO, warrant officer or commissioned officer has attempted pressurising a witness during an investigation.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 2 July 2012

It is a fundamental responsibility of a Commanding Officer to protect personnel from harassment and intimidation. A Commanding Officer has a range of disciplinary and administrative actions available to him/her should it be found that a senior NCO, warrant officer or commissioned officer has bullied or harassed a junior soldier or attempted to pressurise a witness during an investigation. Any action taken against an individual would reflect the nature, seriousness and frequency of the offence and could range from warnings through to discharge.

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