§ Mr. Tony Banks
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why an injunction was applied for preventing circulation of the book "The Negative Asset" by Mr. Jock Kane.
§ The Attorney-General
I have been asked to reply.
I sought and obtained an injunction to restrain Mr. John Kane from publishing, or taking any step to further the publication to or by any other person of, any part of the manuscript for a book entitled "GCHQ: The Negative Asset—The Failure and the Cover-up—'Jock Kane'" because publication of its contents would have been a breach of a duty of confidentiality owed to the Crown and might have seriously prejudiced and put at risk the conduct of future operations of GCHQ and the wider interests of the security of the United Kingdom and its allies.