§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what editorial control the MoD Publications Clearance Branch exercises over the Royal Air Force Yearbook. 
§ Dr. Moonie
[holding answer 1 March 2000]The Publications Clearance Branch (Air) does not exercise direct editorial control over the RAF Yearbook. However, contributions to the Yearbook from serving personnel are subject to the normal publications clearance procedure laid down in Queen's Regulations. This requires them to submit potential articles for clearance to the Publications Clearance Branch (Air) in advance of publication.
The Director of Corporate Communications (RAF) also co-operates very closely with the RAF Benevolent Fund during the production of the Yearbook and will see all the text before publication.