Today the Ministry of Defence is publishing the Unacceptable Behaviours Progress Review and its response, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.
The Progress Review was conducted by Danuta Gray, Non-Executive Member of the Defence Board and Chair of the People Committee. The Review assessed progress made implementing the Wigston Review’s 36 recommendations in the single Services, UK Strategic Command and Head Office.
The Review found that good progress was made over the past year. To further accelerate progress, it made an additional 13 recommendations, many of which build upon Wigston recommendations. I welcome the report and accept the recommendations in full. We will be considering how to best take the recommendations forward. We remain committed to preventing and reducing instances of unacceptable behaviour and supporting our people when instances do occur.
Whilst there is clearly work still to do, over the past year we have issued new policy guidance on unacceptable behaviours, introduced a new whole-force bullying harassment and discrimination helpline, introduced active bystander training and ensured our personnel have access to professional mediation services. We are also making reforms to the Service Complaints System and will be rolling out the first changes in the New Year.