Ministry of Defence Revised 'best practice' procedures for the handling of harassment complaints across the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Forces and the MOD Civil Service, were unveiled by the Ministry of Defence on Monday 4th April. It is MOD policy that all military or civilian personnel, regardless of rank, grade or status have a right to protection from harassment, and a responsibility to ensure that the working environment is free from harassment and that the dignity of others is respected. As such all personnel must: * Ensure that their own conduct does not cause offence; * Challenge colleagues who harass others; * Be prepared to offer support to those who suffer or witness harassment; * Be prepared to report harassment against themselves or others. For the past 18 months the MOD have been examining the existing Services and civilian harassment complaints processes. Harassment is treated extremely seriously by the MOD with a zero tolerance policy in place, however, the processes by which complaints were dealt with previously differed between the Services and within the MOD Civil Service. Under the new approach the best practice from each Service and the MOD Civil Service has been encapsulated into one 'procedure for handling, investigating and acting on harassment complaints'. This has been set out in a new Joint Service Publication - The MoD Harassment Complaints Procedure. Welcoming the revised procedure, Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Michael Walker said: "This revised harassment procedure sets out in clear and unambiguous terms what is involved in making a complaint of harassment, considering and investigating it and dealing with the resolution. It will be an invaluable source of advice." The Permanent Under Secretary, Sir Kevin Tebbitt said: "The introduction of these new unified arrangements sends a clear signal to all in the MOD and Armed Services that harassment is unacceptable and that anyone suffering should report it without fear and in the knowledge that action will be taken." The only differance I see from the old system is the word Tri-Service on the same subject Took their time? Army Discipline Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers and (c) private soldiers have been disciplined following the outcome of (i) an Army board decision, (ii) a divisional level decision and (iii) a unit level decision since 1997.  Mr. Ingram: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints considered under Army redress procedures have been made by (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers, (c) private soldiers and (d) untrained private soldiers since 1997.  Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence does not hold complete records dating back to 1997. However, during the period January 1999 to December 2004, our records indicate that 369 officers, 833 non-commissioned officers and 154 private soldiers applied for redress of complaint.