§ Mr. Campbell-Savours
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on what occasions since 1979 civil servants in his Department have been asked to draft speeches of a constituency nature for use in a Minister's own constituency.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
As far as we are aware, none. Civil servants may provide factual briefing for Ministers on matters relating to their own Departments. In addition, Ministers in preparing for a constituency speech can draw on material produced by their Department during the normal course of business.