Department for Education: Corruption

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th January 2022.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2022 to Question 92905 on the date of introduction of the Department's anti-bribery policy, what anti-bribery policy was in force in his Department from 11 May 2010 to the date on which the current policy was introduced in 2018; and what rules were in force between those dates on the declaration of gifts and hospitality received by (a) officials and (b) Ministers.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)

Prior to the introduction of the Anti-Bribery & Corruption Policy in 2018, Department staff were subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Code: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-code/the-civil-service-code.

The Code specifies that:

“You must not:

  • accept gifts or hospitality or receive other benefits from anyone which might reasonably be seen to compromise your personal judgement or integrity.”

The department also maintained, and continues to maintain, a Gift and Hospitality register for staff to record any such incidents.

Under the Transparency Agenda Gift and Hospitality data for Special Advisers and Ministers is published on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfe-special-advisers-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-2020, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministers-quarterly-returns-2010.

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