HC Deb 07 February 2000 vol 344 c26W
Dr. Harris

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 6 December 1999,Official Report, columns 337–38W, what restrictions were placed on contractors carrying out research projects funded by her Department in 1999 in respect of them discussing their findings with journalists (a) before and (b) after publication. [108198]

Clare Short

Our standard research contract makes no provision for veto over publication but does require contractors to obtain our agreement before communicating with the media. In 1999 no such requests were received by departments who commissioned research and therefore no requests were refused.

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