HC Deb 17 July 2003 vol 409 c603W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the legislative competencies covered by the draft European constitution. [124856]

Mrs. McGuire

As part of the normal Whitehall process, officials and I have had regular correspondence with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss all aspects of the Convention, including legislative competences. In line with Exemptions 1 and 2 of the "Code of Practice on Access to Government Information", it is not the normal practice of Governments to disclose details about internal discussions, or information whose disclosure would harm the conduct of international relations or affairs.