HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 c356W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will list those topics on which it is not his practice to answer parliamentary questions; and if he will list any changes in the practice of his Department since 3 May.

Sir Ian Gilmour

It is not possible to provide a definitive and exhaustive list of questions which I might exceptionally decline to answer on grounds other than cost. Each question put down to me will continue to be considered on its merits and given as helpful and positive an answer as possible. By way of example, however, the following topics would fall into the category mentioned by the hon. Member:

  1. (a) details of individual arms sales to overseas countries.
  2. (b) confidential exchanges between Governments.
There have been no changes in the practice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in this regard since 3 May.

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