HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 c335W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. Whitelaw

There has been no change in practice since 3 May. It would not be possible for me to give a definitive and exhaustive list of the topics on which I might judge it right not to give information in reply to a particular question; the prevention and detection of crime, the security of the State, and privacy and commercial confidence are among the relevant considerations.

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