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If you are a soldier, sailor or spy. Section 10 & 11 of the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) 1998

Section 10 Crown employment

10. - In section 191 of the 1996 Act (Crown employment), in subsection (2) after paragraph (a) there is inserted-

"(aa) Part IVA,"

 

Section 11
National security

[This section has been repealed]

EXPLANATORY NOTE

The effect section 10 is to apply this Act to people who are employees of, work for or are in the service of the Crown (s.191 ERA). It does not, however, extend to those in the armed forces (s.192 ERA) or to those involved in national security (s.11, below).

Section 11 has been repelled. The relevant current provision on national security is section 193 Employment Rights Act (as amended by the Employment Relations Act 1999). This makes clear that the Public Interest Disclosure Act protections do not apply to people who work for the Security Service, Security Intelligence Service and GCHQ. This absolute exclusion means that a worker in one of these organisations will not be protected from victimisation even where he raises a concern internally that a manager accepted a bribe to award a cleaning contract.