HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 cc480-1
Q4. Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Prime Minister what criteria she used in deciding to make public her exchange of correspondence with the hon. Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs Currie) on the latter's resignation from the Government.

The Prime Minister

Exchanges of correspondence with resigning Ministers are published when it is considered appropriate.

Mr. Dalyell

How come the hon. Member for Derbyshire, South was treated significantly differently from Sir Leon Brittan? Was it that he was able to negotiate the wording of the resignation letter that he received because of the promise of silence about the Prime Minister's own unmentionable misbehaviour, as reported in column 657 of Hansard on 27 January 1986.

The Prime Minister

As usual, the hon. Gentleman is utterly wrong. [Interruption.] I totally reject the hon. Gentleman's assertions and I think that it was absolutely right to publish the recent letters on the egg matter.

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