HC Deb 13 January 1978 vol 941 cc866-7W
Mr. Neubert

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection to what extent the Price Commission and those who co-operate with it in the course of investigation of their companies under the Price Commission Act are subject to the provisions of the Official Secrets Act.

Mr. Maclennan

The Official Secrets Acts apply to information entrusted in confidence to any person by a public servant. On appointment, members and staff of the Price Commission are asked to sign a declaration to the effect that their attention has been drawn to the relevant provisions of the Acts. In addition the Counter-Inflation Act 1973 contains restrictions on the disclosure of information obtained by the Price Commission in the course of its work.

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