HC Deb 12 December 1994 vol 251 c471W
Mrs. Beckett

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 30 November, to the hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Byers),Official Report, column 795, what are the subject headings of each of the secret files at her Department; how many secret files were held at her Department in each of the last five years; and for what reasons her Department cannot identify top secret files from those held as secret.

Mr. Sackville

The Department is able to identify top secret from those held as secret, but to give a breakdown for each of the last five years, and to list each of their subject headings, could be done only at disproportionate cost. However, the majority relate broadly to home and civil defence and co-ordination of emergency planning, and approximately 95 per cent. are held as secret.