HC Deb 13 November 2001 vol 374 c662W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 July 2001,Official Report, column 484W, on Lord Ashcroft, when the official of his Department passed classified documents to an unauthorised person; who the unauthorised person was; when this official was disciplined; what the nature of the disciplining was; what the grade of the official was who was disciplined; and in which country the official was based when the offence occurred. [11617]

Mr. Bradshaw

A Diplomatic Service Officer, in the FCO Senior Management Structure and based in the United Kingdom at the time, passed classified documents to a journalist in 1997. The journalist concerned did not work for the newspapers where leaks later appeared; the official concerned is no longer in government service.

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