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Staff Employment Conditions

Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will list the matters about which staff of the House of Commons are precluded by employment conditions from approaching their Member of Parliament. [37401]

Conditions of service of staff of the House are set out in the staff handbook of which each member of staff receives a copy. Paragraph 169 states:

"staff of the House of Commons should not attempt to bring political influence or influence of bodies outside the House of Commons to support their own personal claims as members of staff. This is to ensure that individual staff employed by the House of Commons are not seen to gain for themselves special concessions which are not available to others. This does not override any statutory rights of appeal, such as those conferred by the Race Relations Acts or Employment Protection Acts; nor does it restrict the right of a member of staff to approach the appropriate Member of Parliament on other matters."