HC Deb 15 June 1999 vol 333 c127W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his answer of 8 June 1999,Official Report, column 290, on biotechnology, what account he took of (a) the Government's freedom of information policy and (b) the implications for public confidence in the Government's policies on biotechnology, in his decision not to provide further details in respect of questions asked about the Biodiversity Presentation Group. [86889]

Dr. Jack Cunningham

The Biotechnology Presentation Group is an internal working group. In line with the practice of successive Administrations, it is not the normal practice of Governments to release details of internal discussion, advice to Ministers, specific meetings or their content. This principle is reflected in the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

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