HC Deb 15 December 1989 vol 163 c882W
Mr. Alex Carlile

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria the Government apply when deciding whether to comment on operational matters; and if he will make a statement on the means by which parliamentary scrutiny is provided over operational matters.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

Ministers are accountable to Parliament for all matters related to the armed forces. The extent to which it is possible to comment on the detail of operational matters will depend on security considerations.

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