HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 c89W
Mr. Mackinlay

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will review public access to those communications sent directly to the Sovereign from other Heads of State relating to the political relations between the country concerned and the United Kingdom. [5712]

Mr. David Clark

Communications about political matters from Heads of State to the Sovereign are referred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and therefore come within the ambit of the Public Records Acts. The forthcoming White Paper on Freedom of Infermation will address the issue of public access to all types of government records.