§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will cause an investigation to be made in Government Departments to ascertain how the morning newspapers were able to publish, on Tuesday, 16th March, full details of the March unemployment figures when these were not officially given out by the Government until Wednesday, 17th March; and what action he proposes to take to prevent leakages of official Government information.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
No. I am not aware of any premature disclosure of the March unemployment figures. These were announced at 12 noon on Thursday, 18th March. Anything which appeared in the Press prior to that time was pure speculation.