§ Mr. Patrick Thompson
asked the Attorney-General when, pursuant to his answer of 28 November, Official Report, column 393, he hopes consideration will be completed or whether steps are to be taken against Sir Dick White and others in respect of information which they are alleged to have given to the authors of the book "Conspiracy of Silence".
§ The Attorney-General
Consideration of the matter is complete. As I said in the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) on 20 November, at columns 264–65, former and present servants of the Crown are well aware that they may not make unauthorised disclosure of information acquired in their work. Formal letters underlining the duty of confidentiality have been sent to a number of former officials whom Mr. Penrose and Mr. Freeman purport to quote in their book "Conspiracy of Silence". I do not propose to identify the individuals concerned.