§ Mr. Gould
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, further to his written answer of 12 February, Official Report, column 487, on what occasions since 1979 bank officials involved in financing export projects have been required to sign declarations under the Official Secrets Act; and what aspects of the Daya project were thought to be so confidential as to require this form of protection.
§ Mr. Butcher
As far as my Department is aware, there have been no such previous occasions since 1979. As I said on 12 February, this project entails an exceptional degree of direct involvement by the British, French and Chinese Governments in complex negotiations.