§ Mr. Gerald Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he was advised, and by whom, that the named authors of a letter to The Times published on 13 May were not serving officers; 
(2) when his Department informed The Times that the names of the officers purporting to have signed the letter published on 13 May were bogus. 
§ Mr. Ingram
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence was advised on the day of publication by the Director News that the signed authors of the letter were not members of the Armed Forces.713W
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 June 2002, Official Report, column 757W to the hon. Member for Essex North (Mr. Jenkin).