HC Deb 10 July 1987 vol 119 cc284-5W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why, pursuant to his answer of 3 July, Official Report, column 189, his discussions with the United States on the publication of Peter Wright's memoirs are confidential.

Mr. Mellor

My anwer of 3 July related to discussions with other Governments generally. It is an essential principle of Government-to-Government exchanges that their confidentiality should be preserved.