HL Deb 19 March 1979 vol 399 c994WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will restate the conventions applying to articles in the Press or letters addressed to the Editor for publication by Ministers, and whether such conventions were observed by the Minister of Overseas Development in her letter published in the Guardian on 7th March 1979.


The writing of Press articles and of letters for newspapers is governed by the general conventions of ministerial and collective responsibility. The letter from the Minister of State for Overseas Development published in theGuardian on 7th March 1979 conformed with these conventions.