HC Deb 19 November 1997 vol 301 cc185-6W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps he intends to take to ensure that confidentiality clauses in the contracts of staff working in higher education institutions are restricted to cases of clear commercial confidentiality; and if he will make a statement.[16555]

Dr. Howells

Higher education institutions are autonomous, private corporations and as such are responsible for the terms and conditions of contracts of employment of their staff. Ministers have no powers to intervene.

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