DBIS responds on whistleblowing: DBIS has published the outcome to its completed consultation entitled "Prescribed Bodies: Annual Reporting Requirements on Whistleblowing". DBIS was pleased that, in general, the proposal that prescribed persons be under a duty to report annually on whistleblowing activity was well received by respondents. However, DBIS also concluded from the responses that:

  • the reports will have to strike a balance between the desire of the worker to know that action has been taken in respect of their disclosure and the constraints that the prescribed person operates within (such as confidentiality); 
  • specific provisions will be needed to ensure the reports will not require the disclosure of any information that could identify the relevant worker or employer; 
  • the reports will need to provide a wider context of any statistical data provided, to ensure they are relevant to those accessing the information and to help with consistency; 
  • the reporting process should not be too onerous and must retain a degree of flexibility; 
  • the reports will be much more light touch and flexible than originally proposed to help accommodate the varying roles and remits of the prescribed persons; 
  • prescribed persons will be able to choose whether they publish the information within existing reports or as a stand-alone report (timing of publication will also be flexible); 
  • the duty to report should apply to all prescribed persons, except MPs and Ministers; and 
  • the reports will be laid before Parliament and published on individual organisations' websites. 

(Source: Prescribed Bodies: Annual Reporting Requirements on Whistleblowing)