§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 2 November 1998,Official Report, column 358, on the sale of HMS 'Vernon' in Portsmouth, on the basis of what advice he decided to withhold the information on the sale; and on how many occasions since 1 November 1997 his Department has withheld information under that exemption. 
§ Mr. Spellar
It is currently the MOD policy to withhold such commercial information relating to property sales. Since 1 November 1997, such information has been withheld on two occasions under Exemption 14 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.