HC Deb 03 December 1993 vol 233 cc803-4W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many files marked "not for National Audit Office eyes" are held by her Department.

Mr. Sackville

The marking "not for NAO eyes" is used in accordance with an agreement between the

Dr. Mawhinney

The information is shown in the table.

Treasury and the National Audit Office, under which documents relating to the handling of relations between Departments and the NAO and Public Accounts Committee are not automatically available to the NAO while they are current.

The usual practice in the Department is to assign the marking to individual documents rather than to files. Information on the number of documents so marked could be provided only at disproportionate cost.