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Department for Exiting the European Union: Contracts

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises or companies with the intention of stopping any criticism of Ministers of his Department.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

DExEU have not issued any clauses of this kind with the type of organisations described. We can confirm that our only known commercial relationship with voluntary sector organisations is for an internal volunteering service for civil servants.

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