HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 c206
42. Mr. Ginsburg

asked the Prime Minister whether, in the light of the recent case of Churchill v. Nabarro in the High Court, he will clarify the regulations governing the conduct of Cabinet Ministers under the Official Secrets Acts in their relations with journalists.

The Prime Minister

The conduct of Cabinet Ministers in these matters is governed by the Official Secrets Acts and by the Privy Councillor's Oath.

Mr. Ginsburg

Is the Prime Minister aware that the question which goes to the heart of this action, of whether Cabinet secrets were reported verbatim or not, reflects gravely on the honour of Ministers? Is not he aware that it is a cause of grave disquiet in the country, and will not he hold an inquiry.

The Prime Minister

I think it would be undesirable for me to comment on statements, allegations or suggestions made during that case, especially as I understand that a right of appeal still exists.

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