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House of Commons: Dismissal

Question for House of Commons Commission

UIN 101660, tabled on 11 January 2022

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the Commission's policy is on the use of non-disclosure agreements as part of employment severance agreements.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

19 January 2022

The House of Commons does not include a non-disclosure clause as standard in severance (settlement) agreements with employees. The House hasn’t included them as standard since 2015, and has not used any since 2018, but there is not a blanket policy in place preventing the House from using one in appropriate circumstances.

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House of Commons Commission
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