HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 c368W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science 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.

Mr. Mark Carlisle

It is not possible to give a definite and exhaustive list of questions relating to my ministerial responsibilities which I might decline to answer. Each question will continue to be considered on its merits, but an answer will not be provided if it infringes the proper exercise by other persons or bodies of responsibility vested in them; touches upon matters which are at the time sub judice or subject to arbitration; involves a breach of confidence or security; or involves a disproportionate or unnecessary expenditure of money or manpower.

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