§ Sir Teddy Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2000,32W Official Report, column 383W, on how many occasions he has used Exemption 7 of the Code of Access to Government Information in the past 12 months; and for what reason he used it in relation to the sale of the Old Ranges in Shoeburyness. 
§ Dr. Moonie
[holding answer 3 February 2000]: Of 3,097 Parliamentary Questions answered in the past 12 months, information was withheld under Exemption 7 of the Code of Access to Government Information on 5 occasions. This exemption was used in relation to the sale of Old Ranges in Shoeburyness to protect commercially sensitive information which could have prejudiced negotiations with the prospective purchaser.