§ The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army (Mr. Peter Kirk)
The memorandum is an internal Departmental document which, by well-established practice, should not be disclosed outside official circles.
§ Mr. Wise
Does my hon. Friend realise that the refusal by his Department to disclose this document gives rise to the firm impression that there are only two possible explanations: first, that the document has been lost—which, in my experience of the War Office, would not be unsual—and, secondly, that the content of the document concedes the very point which I have been trying to make for the last 18 months with his Department?