HC Deb 03 December 1993 vol 233 c752W
Mr. Byers

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

Mr. Redwood

There are 97 files in my Department marked "not for NAO eyes". These figures refer to individual jackets—file parts. For each NAO study a number of divisions may be involved and each may possess a file with a number of parts.

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 Department and the NAO and Public Accounts Committee are not automatically available to the NAO while they are current.