Privacy policy

The Corporate Officers of the House of Commons and House of Lords are Data Controllers under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Where you provide personal information to the Houses of Parliament, for example when you send a feedback form or participate in a web forum hosted on this site, it will be used only for the services you requested and as specified on the relevant pages of the site. Copies of responses sent to feedback questions are kept by the Houses of Parliament for the purposes of monitoring and providing responses only. Contributions to web forums hosted on this site will be retained for a period of up to 18 months following the closure of the particular discussion.

Access to the personal data you provide will be securely controlled  and all processing will be undertaken in accordance with, and as permitted by, the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

For the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations the House of Commons and House of Lords are Public Authorities and therefore the information they hold will fall within the scope of this legislation.

The Houses of Parliament do not automatically capture or store personal data from visitors to the site, except to log the user's IP address and session information such as the duration of the visit to the site and the nature of the browser used. This information can not be used to identify individuals. It will be used only for administration of the system and in the compilation of statistics used by both Houses to assess the level of use of the site.

The Information Advertising Bureau web site provides in depth information about cookies. This site also tells you how to remove cookies from your browser.

This privacy policy does not cover the links within this site linking to other sites.

If you have any questions about the way in which we process personal data, please contact:

House of Commons
Data Protection Officer
House of Commons

House of Lords
Freedom of Information Officer
House of Lords


Read our web accessibility statement, contact us about alternative document formats or find resources to tailor your computer to your needs.

Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Service

The Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Services (PPCS) is responsible for the House of Commons' and House of Lords' Procurement Policy and providing consultancy advice and direct support to Departments of the House, upon request.