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Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]: House of Lords 3rd reading

Publication: 3rd reading (click this link to read the bill)

21-10-2014 10:41 AM BST

Whistleblowing - prescribed persons to include MPs

Whistleblowers may make a protected disclosure to MPs for any matter listed in the schedule to the Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Order 1999 from 6 April 2014. Workers who decide to blow the whistle can benefit from employment protection if a protected disclosure is made to a prescribed person, as listed in the schedule to the Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Order 1999 (the 1999 Order).

Currently, a whistleblower has to review the schedule for the type of matter that they wish to disclose and then make a protected disclosure to the relevant prescribed person. For example, if the matter related to the proper administration of charities then the protected disclosure would have to be to the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, whereas if the matter related to a miscarriage of justice, then the protected disclosure would have to be to the Chief Executive of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) Order 2014, which comes into force on 6 April 2014, amends the 1999 Order by adding members of the House of Commons (MPs) to the list of prescribed persons. MPs will be the first category of prescribed person to which a protected disclosure for any matter listed in the schedule may be made.

Whistleblowers are currently afforded employment protection if they make a protected disclosure to MPs but only in certain circumstances. This amendment should widen the effectiveness of the 1999 Order.

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