55. Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY
asked the Prime Minister whether he has given further consideration to the subject of the publication and sale by ex-Cabinet Ministers of confidential information acquired during their period of office; and, if so, whether a decision has been reached to take such steps as will put a stop to the publication of information of this nature until 15 years have elapsed from the date of demitting office?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
This matter has been referred to a Committee of the Cabinet who are considering the whole question.
When the Committee of the Cabinet reports, will the right hon. Gentleman make announcement to the House?
§ Sir JOHN BUTCHER
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the propriety of extending to ex-soldiers and sailors of high command this principle which it is proposed to apply to ex-Cabinet Ministers?
§ Mr. HARRIS
As the ex-Prime Minister made a statement in one of the papers of his views, will the right hon. Gentleman give the ex-Prime Minister a chance of stating his views to the Cabinet?
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the suggestion that any moneys received from the sale of these article should be handed over to charity?