HC Deb 26 October 1979 vol 972 c312W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Prime Minister if she will give the reasons why the names and composition of Cabinet committees are confidential.

The Prime Minister

I named the standing committees of the Cabinet, and their chairmen, in the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, East, (Mr. Thomas) on 24 May. To go beyond this would be damaging to the principle of collective responsibility.

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