§ Dr. Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 7 December 1999,Official Report, columns 454–55W, what restrictions were placed on contractors carrying out research projects funded by his Department in 1999 in respect of them discussing their findings with journalists (a) before and (b) after publication. 
§ Dr. Moonie
MOD approval is required for any proposed publication of research findings, or any open discussion of such findings, between contractors and third parties, including journalists. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis with a presumption that approval will be given unless security, commercial or other overriding reasons dictate otherwise.