§ Miss Maynard
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth 184W Affairs on whose authority the Institute for the Study of Conflict received Foreign Office background briefing material; and whether he will give an assurance that this practice, together with all other co-operation between ISC and the Foreign Office has now been stopped.
§ Mr. Luard
It is a long-accepted practice for some Foreign and Commonwealth Office background material to be made available to a variety of nongovernmental organisations with a serious interest in foreign, Commonwealth and disarmament affairs. The Institute for the Study of Conflict, to whose publications a number of foreign Governments subscribe, is one of them, but I am reviewing this arrangement to see whether it should be continued.