HC Deb 01 December 1994 vol 250 c895W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many(a) top secret and (b) secret files his Department holds.

Mr. Jack

[holding answer 24 November 1994]: This Department operates a de-centralised record-keeping system and no central records, either of files or of its individual classification, are kept. There is unlikely to be a great number of top secret and secret files but because no central record is kept in MAFF to obtain this information by a departmental inquiry to all the various registries would be time consuming and at a disproportionate cost.

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