HC Deb 30 July 1998 vol 317 c538W
Mr. Wilshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the summaries of the telegrams provided to members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. [53795]

Mr. Robin Cook

I have no plans to publish the summaries. I believe that publication of diplomatic exchanges will do cumulative damage to the frankness of the reports our High Commissioners and Ambassadors send, and the willingness of other governments to talk to them on a confidential basis.

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