HC Deb 03 December 1993 vol 233 c794W
Mr. Byers

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

Mr. Hanley

The precise number of files held by my Department marked "not for NAO eyes" could be established only at disproportionate cost.

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