HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 c480W
Mr. Allason

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 2 November,Official Report, columns 90–91, what permission is required under section 1(1) of the Official Secrets Act 1989 for former officials to publish memoirs; on what dates that permission was applied for by (a) Mr. Desmond Bristow and (b) Mr. Brian Crozier; and what rights have been reserved by the Crown with regard to legal action in each case.

The Prime Minister

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will shortly be writing in response to the hon. Member's letter of 26 October to the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs about Mr. Bristow and Mr. Crozier. That reply will take into account the points now raised.