§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury approved in advance the statement and accompanying document issued by the Treasury Press Office on 8 December concerning the Paymaster General. 
§ Mr. Gordon Brown
[holding answer 26 January 1998]: The Permanent Secretary was consulted on whether it was appropriate to issue the statement on Treasury headed paper. After seeing the text, he agreed that it was.