HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 cc339-40W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. Younger

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. Where this issue arises, I consider each question on its merits, but I can instance the following subjects as being among those which would fall into this categorymatters within the statutorily prescribed or delegated authority of nationalised industries or other public bodies; matters of commercial confidence or national security; personal clinical details of individual patients; personal or private information in connection with the granting of allowances to students distinction awards or appointments of individuals to public office; private information about individuals employed in Departments for which I am responsible.

I have not instituted any changes in practice since 3 May.

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