HC Deb 30 November 1994 vol 250 cc793-4W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) top secret and (b) secret files her Department holds.

Mr. Sackville

The Department of Health holds approximately 400 top secret or secret files. However, many of these were created several years ago, before the revised protective markings were introduced earlier this year, and are therefore not in active use. Since October 1992, no top secret, and only 13 secret, files have been created.