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Housing Executive

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of any undertakings that have to be signed or given by members of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive Board in order to preserve confidentiality.

Members of the board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are bound by the Official Secrets Acts as are members of the executive's staff.The Department of the Environment has directed that the chairman should make a statement at the first board meeting in each calendar year to remind members of their position under the Acts. In addition, the Department draws the attention of prospective new members to the provisions of the Acts.Board members do not sign any undertakings but are made aware of their obligations under the Official Secrets Acts and their personal responsibility for the security of any classified information they may receive.