HL Deb 15 November 1976 vol 377 c1106WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To list the books, newspaper articles and book reviews which have been published by Members of the Government during the present Session of Parliament; whether each was authorised by the Prime Minister; whether there has been any change in the conventions relating to such publication by Ministers; and to state the practice applicable to these circumstances.


It is not practicable to provide this information if only because Ministers have always been free to publish, without prior authorisation, works of a literary, artistic, musical, historical, scientific, philosophical, fictional or other character not drawing directly on their Ministerial experience. There has been no recent change in the arrangements governing writings in their capacity as Ministers.