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Part of High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Antoinette Sandbach Antoinette Sandbach Conservative, Eddisbury 5:15 pm, 15th July 2019

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that point. He will see from the drafting of my new clause that it would allow an assessor to assess NDAs that have already been signed, and to allow them to be retained only in circumstances of exceptional commercial confidentiality. I would argue that that is the only ground for retaining them, and that an independent assessor—either a QC or a former High Court judge—should be appointed to assess those NDAs.