§ Ms. Colquhoun
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to amend the Local Government Act to make it mandatory upon local authorities to open all their sub-committee meetings to the Press and public.
§ Mr. Freeson
No. The Government have made clear in DOE Circular 45/75 their policy that sub-committees should be open save only where the council resolves to exclude the public on the grounds that publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest. I am sure that local authorities act responsibly in this matter and that further legislation is unnecessary.