HC Deb 03 December 1987 vol 123 cc1099-100
Q2. Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Prime Minister if she will arrange for the early release of non-classified records in relation to the Westland affair.

The Prime Minister

No. All records relating to Westland will be dealt with in the normal way in accordance with the provisions of the Public Records Acts.

Mr. Dalyell

Did Mr. Charles Powell really fail to inform his Prime Minister of the role of the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry?

The Prime Minister

As I have told the House and the hon. Gentleman on many occasions, I have nothing to add to the many statements and speeches that I have made in detail on this whole matter. Nothing to add.

Mr. Adley

Does my right hon. Friend think that there is any relationship between the obsessions of the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) with the Westland affair, the Belgrano and various other matters, and the fact that, of all the Labour candidates in Scotland at the general election, he had one of the worst results?

Mr. Speaker

Order. That has nothing to do with this question, which is about the Westland affair.

Mr. John Morris

When the Prime Minister set up the inquiry, did she know that it was an official leak?

The Prime Minister

I have already said that I have nothing further to add to the detailed statements and speeches which have gone into great detail and which have been given to the House. There is nothing further to add to those statements.

Mr. Warren

Is my right hon. Friend aware that when evidence on Westland was given to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, of which I had the honour to be Chairman at the time, there was never at any time any qualification about the standard of the information given, nor did we find any withheld?

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