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Disclosure of Information

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will place in the Library a copy of the Commission’s policy on whistleblowing. (158233)

The House is not within the scope of the relevant sections of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. However, the staff handbook, which is available on the parliamentary intranet, does contain sections on safeguarding official information (section 5.18), crises of conscience (section 5.28) and grievance (section 6). These are supported by a core values statement on integrity, in serving the House of Commons, its Committees and Members, and the public with honesty, probity and political impartiality. The statement can be found in House of Commons corporate business plan 2007 which is also available on the intranet.