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Nationality (2017)


Please publish a table showing the nationality of staff employed by the House of Commons, broken down by (a) UK citizens, (b) European Union citizens, which are not UK or Irish passport holders, (c) non UK or EU citizens.



For the purpose of security clearance, all staff have to declare a nationality and therefore the Parliamentary Security Department holds records of staff nationality on the Pass Office database. The table below details a breakdown of staff nationality, including those pass holders with dual nationality.

Please note these figures are for all current, valid pass holders who have been issued a pass as an employee of the House of Commons and bi-cameral departments as at 7 April 2017.


Nationality Number
UK 1971
EU (but not UK or Irish) 112
Non UK and EU 108
Irish 25


Dual Nationality Number
British/EU 19
British/Non EU 134
EU/Non EU 16
Irish/Non EU *

(CSV version)

*Owing to the low number of staff involved (fewer than 5) disclosing this data may make it possible for individuals to be identified. This information is therefore exempt by virtue of section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.