HC Deb 03 December 1993 vol 233 c749W
Mr. Byers

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

Mr. Sproat

My Department, which was established in April 1992, has not yet reviewed the full range of files inherited from former parent Departments and it is not possible to give a figure for those bearing a marking "not for NAO eyes". Since April 1992 DNH has opened a very small number of new files with this marking.

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

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