HC Deb 26 July 1999 vol 336 c19W
Mr. Wilshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will publish a list of all those official documents of the last Administration which have been seen by(a) her, (b) other Ministers in her Department, (c) special advisers in her Department and (d) non-career civil servants appointed since May 1997 in her Department. [92167]

Mr. Paul Murphy

[holding answer 20 July 1999]: A large number of official documents were generated during the period of the previous Administration, many of which were published or put in the public domain. Since May 1997, the Northern Ireland Office has been guided by the convention governing access to the papers of a previous Administration, as set out in the then Prime Minister's reply to a written question on 24 January 1980, Official Report, column 305–07.