HC Deb 01 February 1978 vol 943 c180W
Mr. Kinnock

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the precise terms of reference of the Overseas Information Department of his Department in relation to journalists and broadcasters writing and broadcasting in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luard

The terms of reference of Overseas Information Department areThe provision of guidance and background briefing on matters of general concern affecting the Government's policy".

Background papers are produced by the department for the use of our missions overseas, but copies are also sent to a broad range of people in the United Kingdom, including journalists and broadcasters who have expressed a special interest in having them.