UK Parliament, House of Lords
Higher Education (Fredom of Speech) Bill
Lord Collins of Highbury's amendment, Clause 1
Amendment proposed by Lord Collins of Higherbury in the House of Lords:
"(4A) The objective in subsection (2) includes securing that no person listed in paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (2) is deprived of an ability to speak freely as a result of a non-disclosure agreement or confidentiality agreement between that person and the governing body of the registered higher education provider.
(4B) The provision in subsection (4A) does not prevent the use of a non-disclosure agreement in any case where the governing body and academic staff member agree that a non-disclosure agreement or confidentiality agreement is necessary for the protection of intellectual property.”
This amendment would ensure that non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements with higher education providers cannot obstruct a victim’s freedom of speech, save where they are necessary to protect intellectual property.
The amendment was not moved, but was later brought to the House of Commons, where it passed.