HC Deb 16 April 2002 vol 383 cc859-60W
Llew Smith

To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the reasons why he did not publish the dossier on the status of Iraq's weapons programmes. [49843]

The Prime Minister

We have already placed some evidence concerning Iraq's programmes in the Library of the House. When the time is right, we shall release further material, including the threat posed by the development of weapons of mass destruction.

The Government believe it important that we should divulge as much information to the public as we

(b) members of the public about the service from her Department for each of the last 36 months; and if she will make a statement. [30850]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The records kept centrally by the Lord Chancellor's Department of correspondence received from hon. Members in each of the last 36 months do not distinguish those which are complaints. This information which is available is set out in Table A. More detailed information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The statistics available for complaints by members of the public for each of the last three calendar years, and from 1 April 2001 to 31 December 2001, are set out in Table B. Statistics for the courts as a whole are not held centrally and again could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

can without prejudicing sensitive sources, including intelligence reporting. It has been the practice of successive Governments not to comment on intelligence matters.

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