HC Deb 25 February 1971 vol 812 cc251-2W
Mr. George Cunningham

asked the Prime Minister if he will terminate the practice of denying information to the Members of Parliament concerned about advice given by civil servants to statutory authorities on correspondence between these authorities and Members.

The Prime Minister

There is no general practice of denying to Members of Parliament information about the advice given to statutory authorities. But where such advice is given on a confidential basis, it is not the practice to disclose it. I see no reason to change this long-standing practice.