§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Government press officers he expects will be notified persons under the provisions of the Official Secrets Bill.
§ Mr. Douglas Hurd
My hon. Friend the Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Mr. Patten) described to the Committee on the Official Secrets Bill on 25 January at columns1128–29 how we expect the notification power in clause 1(6) of the Bill will be used. It is not the Government's intention to announce or list those who might or might not be notified within my hon. Friend's description.