The reality is there is no protection for whistleblowers in HM Treasury

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There was a telling exchange in written questions in the Commons yesterday:

Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North, Labour)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) which Minister in his Department is responsible for overseeing his Department's whistleblowing policy;

(2) what steps his Department is taking to protect whistleblowers; and if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's whistleblowing policy.

Sajid Javid(Bromsgrove, Conservative)

In accordance with the Civil Service Code and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, the Treasury has two nominated officers for investigating staff concerns: (i) a non-executive board member of the Treasury Board and Chair of the Treasury Group Audit Committee; and (ii) its Head of Internal Audit. Ultimately, the Treasury's Permanent Secretary is responsible for the Department's whistleblowing policy. The Treasury's policy on whistleblowing is available to all its staff via its internal website. The information requested will be deposited in the Library of the House.

The trouble is it was a permanent secretary - Dave Hartnett - who set out to discredit Osita Mba when he whistle blew, appropriately.

The system is therefore inherently flawed.

Why didn't Sajid Javid acknowledge that obvious fact?