HC Deb 20 June 1988 vol 135 c400W
Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the monitoring returns made by Barlow Clowes to his Department in October 1987 were accompanied by an accountant's report from(a) the former Barlow Clowes auditors Spicer and Pegler, (b) the current Barlow Clowes auditors Touche Ross or (c) from any other firm of accountants; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maude

While the facts of my Department's handling of the Barlow Clowes case are under investigation, I do not believe it would be appropriate to answer specific questions relating to the case.