HC Deb 11 April 1975 vol 889 cc482-3W
Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Prime Minister what are to be the terms of reference and the composition of the Committee of Privy Councillors on ministerial memoirs.

The Prime Minister

The terms of reference are as followsTo consider the principles which should govern the publication by former Ministers of memoirs and other works relating to their experience as Ministers, and the arrangements which should be made to give effect to those principles; to consider whether and to what extent rules can effectively be imposed; to examine the implications of these arrangements for the rules governing the publication of similar works by former members of the public services; and to make recommendations".

I am glad to say that the Rt. Hon. the Viscount Radcliffe, GBE, has accepted my invitation to be the chairman of the committee, and that the other Privy Counsellors who have accepted invitations to serve as members are:

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Armstrong of Sanderstead, GCB, MVO.

The right hon. Member for Carshalton (Mr. Carr).

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Franks, GCMG. KCB, CBE, FBA.

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Shackleton, OBE. My right hon. Friend the Member for Fulham (Mr. Stewart), CH.

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Windlesham.

The Secretary will be Mr. J. M. Moss.